A Daily Record report has named the 13 clubs who voted for Rangers’ resolution during Tuesday’s SPFL EGM and the two clubs who abstained.
The Gers needed 75% support – equivalent to the votes of 32 clubs – to trigger an independent investigation into the SPFL’s April ballot to end the lower-league season.
However, 27 clubs voted against, with fellow Premiership side Motherwell since stating that this was the wrong time to be diverting resources into an investigation [Motherwellfc.co.uk].
Rangers’ response suggests the matter is far from closed, though. In their own statement, they ignored SPFL Chairman Murdoch MacLennan’s plea for all parties to move on, stating firmly that ‘the status quo cannot hold.’
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 12, 2020
Here are the 13 clubs the Record say voted in favour of the resolution:
Premiership: Rangers, Hearts, Aberdeen, Livingston
Championship: Inverness CT
League One: Partick Thistle, Falkirk, East Fife, Forfar
League Two: Stranraer, Edinburgh City, Annan, Stenhousemuir.
The two clubs said to have abstained were Airdrie and Clyde.
Rangers said in their statement – “it is clear that many members have lost confidence in the SPFL leadership” [Rangers.co.uk] – arguing that even though the threshold for an investigation was not met, changes are still required.
This wasn’t a close vote by any means, but aside from the Championship, in which Inverness were the sole supporters of the resolution, it is clear that there’s a level of discontent throughout the league pyramid.
Not every club who voted in favour have been victims of or threatened by unjust relegations like Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer.
Others such as Livi, East Fife and Annan finished in comfortable positions in their respective divisions but clearly have serious misgivings about the conduct of the governing body.
If Rangers do eventually take the matter further, it’ll be interesting to see if others continue to speak out, or if they will draw a line in the sand and hope their complaints are addressed at a later date.