Proposals affecting Rangers and the other SPFL clubs are being “squashed” by a “handful of people” allowing “self-interest” to drive the decision-making process which would see Celtic crowned Scottish Premiership champions after only 30 games.

The league body are understood to prefer declaring the season over and enforcing the current positions, a stance described as lacking any “creative thinking” at Hampden.

Despite his own club standing to seriously lose out, he remains confident they won’t suffer a cash crisis as the shutdown looks set to continue for several months.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: A general view during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“The current plan comes down to there being no creative thinking at the SPFL, self-interest driving decisions and looking at rules that weren’t written for these circumstances and I think that it is unacceptable,” the club chief told Not The Old Firm

“We budgeted to break even this year so we’d operate next season on a break-even budget as well.

“We will need to see what the rest of this season bring but will cope with it if that’s what happens but there’s a general feeling that good, constructive solutions being put forward but are being squashed without any real debate.

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“They are being squashed by a handful of people without proper discussion with the rest of the clubs.

“If the consensus with clubs is that it’s the right thing to do, then fine, but what is the consensus? I’m not sure we’re being properly consulted on those potential solutions and that needs to happen.”

Rangers have already voiced their opposition to the SPFL’s current plans, with Hearts also saying they would take action if the season was declared over before all 38 games are played.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 08: General view outside the stadium prior the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match between Scotland and Cyprus at Hampden Park on June 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. SPFL

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With it looking incredibly unlikely to be any football played until August, there’s going to be plenty more time for the squabbling to continue until we get some sort of resolution.

Whatever ends up happening, it’s not going to be a straightforward process with challenges likely to come whatever decision is made.

 

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