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Ex-Rangers star questions "sporting integrity" of SPFL proposals

Rangers striker Kris Boyd has questioned the sporting integrity of SPFL proposals which would crown champions and relegate clubs.

Citing the famous line used by Celtic which forced Boyd and his teammates to play four games in eight days back in 2008, Boyd has ridiculed the bosses who run our game.

Writing in his Scottish Sun column, Boyd is astounded as the SPFL and the game’s governing bodies appear to be “making it up as they go along”.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd suffered with the “sporting integrity” defence back in 2008 which contributed to the Gers collapsing in the title race and UEFA Cup Final. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“What about sporting integrity?” asks Boyd. “Whatever happened to that?

“We have a pyramid system in Scotland which is supposed to allow teams from the Highland and Lowland Leagues the chance to come up and prosper.

“Yet correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t there someone on the SPFL Board with a connection to Brechin City?

“The team that are currently bottom of League Two?

“What about poor Partick Thistle? Two points behind Queen of the South with a game in hand.

“It all leads me back to 2008 and the first time I ever heard the phrase “sporting integrity”.

“I was part of a Rangers team that was forced to play four games in eight days.

“I will admit this is a very difficult situation for everyone. I get that.

“But you cannot be seen to be making up the rules as you go along.

Boyd has now retired from playing football, finishing his career at Kilmarnock. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“You cannot bang the sporting integrity drum and then forget all about it because it doesn’t suit your agenda this time around.”

As it stands the season rests on one club in the Championship, with Dundee thought to be the side who have not yet submitted their vote.

Rangers have proposed a Members Resolution which would see prize money handed out early but have been left disappointed with the receptiveness of the SPFL [Rangers].

The governing body has been accused of lying about correspondence they had with Rangers concerning the proposal [Heart & Hand] and the Ibrox side are adamant they haven’t been given the right support.

(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Despite clubs being asked to vote by 5pm yesterday evening a legal loophole in the rules means clubs actually have 28 days to make their mind up.

This was kept quiet by the SPFL who will now be forced to answer serious questions about the nature of their governance during this entire process.

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