SPFL manager 'disappointed' in Rangers chief, hints his comments lack 'common sense'
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SPFL manager 'disappointed' in Rangers chief Robertson's comments

Dumbarton manager, Jim Duffy, has told Not The Old Firm of his disappointment at Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson’s recent comments, amid the current SPFL suspension.

By the decree of a joint SPFL and SFA response group, all Scottish professional and grassroots football was recently postponed ‘until further notice.’

Since then, various key figures at big clubs in Scottish football have expressed their opinion on what should happen next.

Robertson, for example, in a statement released on Rangers.co.uk, made it clear that the club’s stance was that the Premiership season would only be completed when each team had played their full complement of matches.


He then asserted that Rangers were against playing games behind closed doors.

If football is to return to Ibrox this season, Rangers want it to be played out in front of a full house. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Duffy believes taking such a strong viewpoint during a period of uncertainty was unhelpful.

“Passion sometimes takes over common sense at times, it’s very unusual circumstances,” Duffy told Not The Old Firm. “There’s no point jumping to conclusions just now. I’m a wee bit disappointed that some of the people have came out. You’ve got Stewart Robertson at Rangers, Ann Budge at Hearts, coming out and making statements.”

“Neil Lennon made a statement earlier on saying if the league finished early they should be crowned champions. Football is way down the pecking order in terms of what’s important just now.

“You’ve got to calm down, take a step back, let it unfold, and then let the governing bodies deal with it. Deep down, I think everyone knows that the safety of everyone is paramount.

“Of course when you’re asked a question, you’ll look to give an answer, but there’s been a lot of high-profile comments made and that’s their views on it. But I think for now we need to see what happens further down the line.”

Jim Duffy has taken aim at Rangers chief Stewart Robertson’s recent comments. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)


Some of the comments made in recent times have been a little hasty and Neil Lennon certainly got a bashing for his claim that Celtic should be crowned champions. 

However, there has to be an understanding that someone like Stewart Robertson at Rangers has a massive fanbase to placate.

The opening to his statement makes it abundantly clear that the club view football as secondary to public health, so he can’t be criticised to that end.

Furthermore, while partisan rhetoric and point-scoring should be avoided as much as possible, huge questions would have been asked from fans if the club had failed to make their position known on the events that are currently unfolding.

In a time of uncertainty, clubs will always attempt to look after their own interests first and foremost.

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