RANGERS have launched a verbal volley at the SPFL’s plans to end the season early for the three leagues outwith the Premiership.

The Ibrox outfit insist the fact that clubs could be “unfairly” relegated is “abhorrent”.

Scotland’s footballing bosses put forward proposals yesterday to immediately call a halt to the Championship, League One and League Two due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The final standings of those three leagues would be determined on a points-per-game basis.

That would result in Dundee United returning to the Premiership, Raith Rovers moving to the Championship and Cove Rangers being promoted to League One.

On the other side, Partick Thistle would be relegated to League One and Stranraer would drop into the fourth tier.

The Firhill club have already released a statement saying they “will simply not accept this proposal as it stands”.

If the plans are approved, the SPFL have revealed they would consult with clubs over a possible restructuring of the leagues before the 2020/21 season.

However, Rangers have quickly voiced their opposition to these proposals and said in a statement: “It is abhorrent that certain clubs could be unfairly relegated if the current SPFL proposals were implemented.

“We must future proof the Scottish game. Any restructure of the SPFL or other solutions to the current impasse must be afforded time to scrutinise in detail and consider all options.

“The consequences of forcing through change without due care and attention will have severe consequences for the Scottish game. Scottish football must work together for the common good of every club, their staff and supporters.

The Govan club, who were 13 points adrift of champions Celtic with a game in hand when the game went into lockdown last month, want the Premiership season to be completed on the pitch.

The SPFL also state top-flight games should remain on hold in the hope of completing the campaign on the pitch.

This was met positively by the Ibrox side who added: “For the avoidance of doubt, Rangers firmly believe that the 2019/20 season is only complete when all 38 games have been played to a finish.”

Rangers have also put forward a motion to the SPFL to allow prize money to be released early to help clubs that are struggling financially.

They added: “As a club, Rangers will immediately propose a member’s resolution which would release prize money to be distributed to all clubs throughout Scotland urgently. We believe that this is the priority in the present circumstances.

“It is vital to show respect for all clubs across the Scottish game, regardless of league position or financial standing. We must work together with a unity of purpose for the betterment of the Scottish game.

“We expect clubs to support our member’s resolution which will provide financial support to those who need it most.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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