Rangers in SPFL cinch blow as van Bronckhorst and Aribo snub sponsor
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Rangers in SPFL cinch blow as van Bronckhorst and Aribo snub sponsor

Rangers’ feud with the SPFL and title sponsors cinch has continued into the reign of Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the club lands yet another blow on the professional members’ body.

The Gers refused to allow both manager van Bronckhorst and Man of the Match Joe Aribo speak in front of a traditional sponsors board after the 3-1 win over Livingston.

As the pair took to their media duties at the end of the match, both Gio and Joe spoke to broadcaster Sky Sports in front of a blank white screen.

Compare this with the likes of Livingston boss David Martindale, who spoke in front of a screen which include sponsors such as cinch and a range of Livi’s own partnerships.

The entire thing concerns a perfectly legitimate dispute between Rangers and the SPFL regarding cinch, the partnership with whom impacts one of Rangers’ existing retail contracts.

Rangers already have a deal with Park’s Motor Group, meaning promotion of used-car sales company cinch is a clear conflict of interest. Read more HERE.

Rangers show no signs of backing down in cinch dispute with SPFL

Despite Rangers forewarning the SPFL of this when the contract was first proposed, the SPFL, Neil Doncaster and co are being accused of ignoring the warnings from Ibrox.

The deal – said to be controversially worth only £8m over five years – has since not been promoted by Rangers with no cinch branding in or around Ibrox on matchdays.

Refusing to do an interview in front of the sponsor is another part of this and the matter is currently going through the courts.

Rangers are refusing to promote cinch branding despite the SPFL signing a deal with the online used car sales website. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for cinch)

Rangers and chairman Douglas Park – who owns the Park’s Motor Group – landed an early blow on the SPFL after a court ruled the used-car company couldn’t be excluded from the dispute.

Park then landed another political blow on the powers that be in Scottish football by becoming the title sponsor of the SWPL earlier in the year.