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GERS DEMAND FRESH PROBE

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RANGERS want to call a meeting involving all 42 SPFL clubs to discuss an independent investigation into the SPFL.

The Hampden chiefs have released results of their own inquiry by Deloitte which concluded there was no wrongdoing during the vote which ended the season early for the three divisions outwith the Premiership.

The ballot opened the door for Scotland’s bosses to call a halt to the top flight with the likelihood Celtic, 13 points clear with eight games to play, being awarded their ninth successive crown and Hearts being relegated.

The Ibrox club – backed by Aberdeen and the Tynecastle outfit – previously led calls for an inquiry into the vote, which descended into confusion with Championship side Dundee missing the 5pm Friday deadline. There were claims they were about to vote no on the resolution, but when they finally got around to making their decision five days later it was yes.

The SPFL then blew for time-up in three leagues and handed titles to Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers as well as relegating Partick Thistle and Stranraer.

The Gers have now repeated their call for a probe, declaring support from other teams while claiming the SPFL’s own “alarming” investigation did not focus on wider issues with the vote.

And they’ve outlined the seven points they believe the inquiry should be based upon, again insisting they hold a “dossier” of evidence ready to be presented.

So far, the Govan outfit have refused to release the alleged evidence.

A statement said: “Rangers, alongside other Scottish football clubs, have submitted a members’ requisition to the SPFL.

“The requisition requests that a general meeting of all 42 member clubs be held to consider calling an independent investigation into:

“The preparation and content of the briefing note and papers sent to member clubs with the resolution;

“The decision to announce the result of an incomplete vote before all votes had been received;

“The decision to disregard the vote submitted by Dundee FC and allow them to vote a second time;

“The appropriateness of communications between the executive of the SPFL and other football governing bodies in relation to completing season 2019/20;

“The interaction of SPFL executives with clubs during the voting process including the disclosure to clubs of how other member clubs had voted;

“Compliance by the SPFL’s directors with the statutory and common law duties owed by them in relation to the resolution;

“Any other matters which the independent expert considers relevant.

“We have received the SPFL’s open letter referring to the narrow scope of their investigation which alarmingly failed to examine wider fundamental issues.

“Rangers have made it very clear that we have a dossier of evidence which we will make readily available to an independent investigation.”

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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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