Former Scottish FA President John McBeth says Rangers sanctions were ‘light’


The 12-month transfer embargo imposed on Rangers by the SFA was ruled as unlawful by the Court of Session on Tuesday. However MacBeth told BBC Scotland: “Rangers got away lightly with their transfer embargo. The SFA should go away and look at their books to determine what their next step should be. They could throw them out of the league.

The man, who was set to become Vice President of FIFA and who spoke out openly about corruption in FIFA and a vocal critic of president Sepp Blatter has also claimed what many ‘experts’ in the Scottish game currently do not, that Scottish football would survive without a Rangers.

He added:“Football would survive without Rangers, maybe not at the same level, and the game would may be lose some fans – but so be it.”

And in what is a comment that should be drummed into the powers that be in Scotland, as well as every chairman in the Scottish game. McBeth said: “If you look after the sport the money will follow you, if you look after the money you’ll kill the sport.”

Meanwhile Inverness Caley Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron has hit out at the Ibrox side also, mirroring comments made by his St.Mirren counterpart yesterday.

Cameron said: “This is an extremely disappointing situation. The Court for Arbitration in Sport was the correct route for Rangers to take, just as we successfully did in the Marius Niculae dispute. Taking sporting matters to the Court of Session was a serious mistake. The potential repercussions are something we certainly don’t need at what is already a difficult time for Scottish football.”

While Gilmour had earlier stated: “The law is an ass. I think that sums it up. What’s a court getting involved in football for? The decision had been made. Are we going to take every single sending-off to court? Is that what we are going to end up with? Sport should stay within sport.”


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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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