Rangers fans have been agreeing with the comments of BBC Scotland chief sportswriter Tom English for once as the row over the SPFL proposal vote rumbles on.
The Irish sportswriter released a scathing column, criticising both SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan and chief executive Neil Doncaster for declaring champions without commiserating clubs who were unfairly relegated.
Describing it as adding “insult to injury”, English’s column covers everything from the questionable SPFL conduct, Dundee’s dodgy altered vote and Rangers’ very public anger at the members’ body.
English claims that whilst Rangers have gone public with claims of bullying, other sides are saying it in private.
Traditionally considered an opponent of Rangers, like the Glasgow club English has been very critical of the powers that be for how they’ve managed this situation.
The outspoken BBC journalist also claims that Dundee’s behaviour has “shredded the credibility of the vote”.
“As Dundee wrote about acts of kindness towards the poor clubs who now find themselves relegated because of a remarkable volte face, some might have been thinking more along of the lines of disbelief and incredulity,” said English [BBC Sport].
“Dundee’s words won’t have been much of a balm to those left to pick up the pieces in the wake of their vote that never was.
“Dundee’s behaviour shredded the credibility of the vote. By Wednesday morning even avowed Yes supporters acknowledged that the integrity of the resolution was shot to smithereens and needed replacing by something new.
“The SPFL board ploughed on and got the result they were looking for. It was the strangest kind of victory that left division in its wake.”
English was on the BBC Sportsound radio show which interview ICT chief executive Scot Gardiner, who revealed Dundee’s No vote intentions via a WhatsApp group chat [Sportsound].
He has been a regular vocal opponent of the behaviour of the SPFL throughout this and an unlikely ally for many Rangers fans desperate for any corruption to be brought to task:
Rare thank you from me Tom for this article. However the fact we can tolerate sentences like "The SPFL board ploughed on and got the result they were looking for" without widespread incandescence is astonishing. Why did our governing body have such vested interest in 1 outcome?
— Bruno B (@brunobee123) April 16, 2020
That’s twice in a week I’ve agreed with you Tom, more of this fair and fact based journalism please
— Stevie G Got an MBE (@warby08294195) April 16, 2020
Usually rant at Tom but fair play to the man. The most balanced article by far concerning this debacle
— william cassidy (@copland97) April 16, 2020
I'm often critical of your opinion but good article Tom. I'd like to see Rangers offer to play Partick in a pre season friendly to help them in any way possible. The SPL will go the same way as the other leagues which is unfair to Rangers amongst others IMO, but feel for Patrick.
— Andrew Darroch (@Andy1673) April 16, 2020
Christ. When Tom English is on the money, you know it’s serious.
Carry on as was Scottish football 🙈 https://t.co/u8FUN0wgG3
— David (@DKeith0904) April 16, 2020
The fact Michael Stewart and tom English are questioning the spfl should tell you everything you need to know about the past week😂😂😂😂mental!
— colin aitken (@colinaitken1) April 16, 2020
This is bang on from Tom English.
I feel dirty saying that 😂 https://t.co/m9Mt2XCMJL
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) April 16, 2020