A powerful statement made by Partick Thistle is the latest evidence that Rangers are not alone in their fight against the conduct of the SPFL [ptfc.co.uk].
Thistle spoke out on Saturday afternoon after it emerged that league reconstruction talks had broken down.
Board update on Reconstruction and Relegation
— Partick Thistle FC (@PartickThistle) May 9, 2020
The collapse of discussions means that Thistle will now definitely play their football in League One next season.
They sat two points adrift at the bottom of the Championship with a game in hand when an SPFL resolution was passed to end the season early and reconstruction represented their only hope at avoiding relegation.
Earlier in the week, the SPFL dismissed a lengthy dossier of evidence circulated by Rangers following claims of misconduct, and now Thistle are also pointing the finger at the governing body.
They allege that the SPFL have ‘fallen way short’ in their promise to work to make reconstruction efforts a success, before going on to assert that the organisation has ‘singularly failed in its primary duty of care to a member’ [ptfc.co.uk].
The Jags then followed their strongly-worded statement with the transcription of a letter from Chairman, Jacqui Low, sent to the SPFL at the end of April.
In the letter, Low writes that ‘the SPFL appears to have taken leave of its collective senses’, referring to their approach as ‘divisive and accusatory.’
It’s the final few sentences which are the most powerful, though.
“But the SPFL’s current strategy – to fight with clubs in the public domain – seems an ill-judged and self-indulgent approach. This does not look like a show of strength, it looks like a last stand – and that can be in no-one’s interest.”
Thistle are clearly incensed at the way they have been treated by the governing body since the suspension of football amid the global health crisis.
The Jags didn’t hold back in their statement nor in the attached letter and it shows that Rangers aren’t alone in their crusade against the SPFL’s questionable governance.
Thistle’s contribution follows critical statements from both Hearts and Falkirk, as resentment continues to grow ahead of Tuesday’s EGM.
The support of lot more clubs will be needed for Rangers’ call for an independent investigation to succeed but perhaps the club’s offer to foot the bill will be enough to convince others to get on board.