SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has gone cap in hand to Rangers and the rest of the Premiership clubs asking what will it take for them to back proposals for a 14-team league – and if it wasn’t so contemptible you would be in tears of laughter.

The inept league boss has asked clubs if they would be willing to back an expanded top-flight for two years, five years or to basically name their price.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: General view outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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It’s getting into the realms of ridiculousness that even a collection of the world’s greatest comedy writers couldn’t come up with a plot so outrageously nonsensical.

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The attempts at expanding the Premiership are geared towards nothing else than Hearts avoiding relegation and with the latest round ostensibly sparked by Hearts’ mystery benefactor offering to give the SPFL a few million quid (it only works out at around 50k per club), the whole thing absolutely stinks.


Some will obviously have sympathy for Hearts, others less so, but effectively buying their way back into the Premiership can’t be allowed to happen.

HAMPDEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 03: Neil Doncaster SPFL Chief Executive poses for a photograph during the Scottish League Cup Draw at Hampden Park on August 3, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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If it was that simple, Rangers could’ve avoided a whole lot of hassle in 2012 and opened the chequebook up – although the chances are any cheque signed by Craig Whyte would’ve bounced.


The sad reality is that Rangers and the other Scottish Premiership clubs shouldn’t find themselves being put in such a position by the league’s £400,000 a year boss – and he certainly shouldn’t be asking clubs to name their price to allow Hearts to avoid their fate.


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