Rangers have received a boost ahead of Tuesday’s EGM with Aberdeen pledging to vote in support of their resolution for an independent investigation into SPFL conduct [afc.co.uk].
41 clubs will vote on the Gers’ motion, which requires 75% support to pass.
At times during the last month, the club have looked to be fighting a lone battle against the governing body, but in releasing a statement on Monday afternoon, the Dons have joined Partick Thistle [ptfc.co.uk] in publicly showing support for the investigation.
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“We reiterate our belief that an independent inquiry is the only way of drawing a line under what has become a highly damaging episode for the whole of Scottish football,” said Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack, as quoted by afc.co.uk.
“There is a distressing lack of confidence and trust between the SPFL leadership and many of the clubs, and it is hard to see a resolution, far less a reconciliation, without some form of impartial and objective assessment of the many claims and counter-claims.”
He goes on to suggest that an investigation is the only way all relevant evidence will come to light and the only way senior SPFL figures would be able to definitively clear their name.
It’s perhaps surprising that as Rangers seek support from other SPFL member clubs, their fierce rivals Aberdeen would be one of the first to step forward.
Given the dramatic events of the last few weeks, though, it seems plenty are coming round to the idea that the only way to move on is to hold a thorough review of all that took place around the ballot to end the lower-league season.
The Dons’ statement will come as a blow to SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster, who suggested on Sunday that clubs would rather he was concentrating on bringing football back than assisting an investigation [Scottish Sun].
The Gers may still be a long way away from the majority they need but perhaps Aberdeen’s statement will convince others to follow suit.