Rangers have landed yet another dig on the SPFL, Neil Doncaster and Murdoch MacLennan by snubbing cinch branding ahead of the club’s hotly-anticipated Flag Day.
The Gers are set to hoist the Champions flag high at Ibrox and according to the Scottish Sun have commissioned their own special flag for the occasion.
As a result, the paper claims SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and chairman Murdoch MacLennan won’t be attending Ibrox but we suspect they wouldn’t have been welcome in any case.
The pair were snubbed by Rangers on Trophy Day last season as Douglas Park and the men who helped the Gers back to where they belong dished out the medals.
This comes after a long line of run-ins with the SPFL directorate and follows the Ibrox club’s clash over the cinch deal when it was signed at the beginning of the season.
Rangers have refused to adopt online used car sales website cinch branding in their stadium or on matchdays due to a conflict of interest with Douglas Park’s used car business.
The Gers made it clear to the SPFL that there was a breach prior to the deal being signed but the governing body went ahead and signed it anyway.
Said to be worth a measly £8m over five years, or £1.6m per season, the deal itself and the actions of the SPFL surrounding it sum up the incompetence of those running our game.
Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson wrote a letter to clubs explaining the situation whilst he also revealed that £500k of the deal was spent on third-party commission to get the deal over the line [Scottish Sun].
It’s a preposterous deal and undersells the nation’s game.
The Gers would then win a case at the Court of Session which prevented the SPFL from bringing arbitration proceedings against the club.
A Park’s of Hamilton statement would then claim that the ruling “underlines ongoing concerns” that “many” member clubs have about the SPFL [Glasgow Times].
These concerns are now being taken more seriously as member clubs excluding Rangers and Celtic commission an independent review into the members’ body [P&J].
Meanwhile, Rangers supporters are turning off amid continuing negativity surrounding the club online and in the press.