Are the SPL waiting for their hand to be forced over the Rangers fiasco?


The SPL issued a statement this afternoon, hours before the BBC air their alleged damning investigation into the goings on within the ‘big hoose’.

An SPL spokesperson said: “The investigation into the EBT payments made by Rangers FC is being actively pursued on behalf of the SPL.

“All relevant documents, materials and information have been sought from Rangers FC and we look forward to receiving full cooperation from the club and its administrators in providing everything that it and they have access to and which is required for the investigation to be completed.”

It is interesting to note that after eleven weeks the SPL have still not received all relevant documents, material and information from the Ibrox side. Otherwise why state ‘we look forward to receiving full cooperation from the club and its administrators’. So the club have either been dragging their heels over the investigation – as they did with the Scottish FA request over the Craig Whyte ‘Fit & Proper Test’ matter – hoping that it goes away or just blanking the SPL’s call for all documentation outright.

The question is why are the SPL not making demands and publishing their own deadline for all relevant documentation or face further sanctions?

Are they running scared of Rangers Football Club, its supporters and its figureheads?

Certainly given the amount of threats from the Ibrox club both from its supporters groups, officials and past legends who blames them – fear is running through a number of chairmen that is for sure who are looking at lost revenue rather than sporting integrity, because of their own financial mismanagement at the clubs they run.

That is why the investigation should be independent, similar to that of the Scottish FA tribunal that found Rangers guilty and imposed a 12-month transfer embargo and fine. The independent commission would not face boycotts and seeing their clubs lose revenue because of which way they voted. Although given the previous independent tribunal receiving threats nothing would surprise me anymore in this whole fiasco.

So with the BBC Scotland documentary set to blow open the whole EBT and dual contracts issue, will the SPL and its chief executive Neil Doncaster take the information provided and evidence gathered to take action? And why have SKY not issued a statement in regards to the £80 million TV deal with the SPL – also why was it not signed at the time of all the bravado, all the back slapping and PR articles being announced by the governing body?

While Scottish football looks on with eyes wide open during the BBC investigation and Rangers issuing a statement before or after the programme, will the SPL be watching or will they lock the doors, put fingers in their ears and go lalalalalalala.

Or it could just be one massive anti-climax.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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