Rangers fans have been raising suspicious eyebrows after Old Firm rivals Celtic have sent a player on loan to Scottish Championship side Dundee.
In ordinary circumstances, the short-term transfer of young Irish striker Jonathon Afolabi to Dens from Celtic Park would not be viewed so cynically by the Ibrox legions.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Jonathan Afolabi from Celtic on a season long loan #thedee⁰⁰
— Dundee Football Club (@DundeeFC) September 29, 2020
But after the notorious end of season voting debacle which saw the lost Dundee vote resubmitted with a different choice under dubious circumstances, you’ll forgive fans for the scrutiny.
Dundee infamously voted no to league-ending proposals come the end of the last campaign but intervention at the 11th hour from exterior forces had them cancelling their vote, allegedly before it reached SPFL HQ.
Leaked WhatsApp chats appeared to show Dundee secretary Eric Drysdale discussing chairman John Nelms’ radical decision to alter the vote, breaking a lower league pact with Partick and Inverness.
In those chats the name “Peter” was mentioned with football fans across the country joining the dots for one outcome.
There was then the promise of “lucrative friendlies” to raise funds for the Dens Park club and given the league ending vote benefitted one club in particular – Celtic – more than a few Bears saw this coming.
Whilst there’s no official suggestion something dodgy is afoot – let’s get this clear before any “Scottish football fans” jump on the story – you can’t blame Rangers supporters for raising their eyebrows.
Dundee? Completely random club to send him to I’m sure. pic.twitter.com/5JAU8PoDlh
— Colin Ⓜ️ (@atcolin) September 29, 2020
— David milne (@realdavidmilne) September 29, 2020
A Celtic player on loan to Dundee this season? Didn’t see that coming.. pic.twitter.com/IBPBG4Qu5M
— Chris Graham (@ChrisGraham76) September 29, 2020
And the electronic paperwork didn’t go missing LOL, joke clubs
— Graham Thomas (@GrahamT56138143) September 29, 2020
What are you implying?? pic.twitter.com/SMsazQM2hN
— in the north of sweden land (@Paul48452116) September 29, 2020
Dundee getting a Celtic player on loan? Nah no one on twitter predicted that did they 👀 hope the agreements aren’t via email
— Stuart Thomson (@StuartThomson9) September 28, 2020
The first of how many from Celtic 😂😂
— ccc (@Obanlad1970) September 29, 2020
Rangers railed against proposals to end the league season early, demanding the immediate suspension of now suspiciously quiet SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and an independent enquiry into the handling of the affair.
The Ibrox club then motioned a vote of no confidence with around a third of Scottish clubs agreeing with Rangers but not enough to see the motion carried.