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GERS INSIST THEY HAVE EVIDENCE

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RANGERS insist they can provide all SPFL clubs with the dossier of evidence in their determined campaign for an independent review of the vote to end the Premiership.

The Ibrox club have instigated attempts to hold a general meeting which would see a vote on plans for an investigation.

Hearts backed the move, but owner Ann Budge called for interim chairman Douglas Park and the club’s hierarchy to produce their evidence before the vote while Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor urged them to “put up or shut up”, as Scotzine reported yesterday.

A Rangers statement read: “There are key issues to be discussed and agreed within Scottish football including the circumstances and dates on which football can resume, the health and safety of all involved and the financial implications for members.

“It is vital that those involved in making those decisions have the confidence and support of member clubs. An independent investigation provides a route to achieving this.

“It has always been Rangers’ intention to produce our evidence at the appropriate time. The evidence will be provided to all member clubs well in advance of a general meeting to approve an independent investigation.”

The Govan club previously claimed to possess an “alarming” dossier and alleged there had been “bullying” of clubs ahead of the vote.

The original ballot – which saw Championship side Dundee miss the 5pm Friday deadline and then vote yes five days later – led to the conclusion of the three leagues outwith the top flight.

Now the SPFL could call a halt to the Premiership and that would almost certainly see Celtic being awarded their ninth successive title. The champions were 13 points ahead with eight games to play before the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Govan club, whose managing director Stewart Robertson sits on the SPFL board, called for league chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal advisor Rod McKenzie to be suspended while an independent review took place.

The SPFL set up an internal review led by chairman Murdoch MacLennan and independent board member Karyn McCluskey and then brought in auditors Deloitte to look into the circumstances which led to Dundee’s crucial vote going missing.

Deloitte’s report found “no evidence of improper behaviour” and confirmed the SPFL’s version of events – that Dundee’s ‘no’ vote got lost in the SPFL’s email quarantine and they had subsequently made it clear they wanted more time to consider after discovering they had the casting vote.

But the narrow nature of the review did not appease Rangers who later submitted a members’ requisition which is set to lead to a general meeting after the SPFL board meets on today.

They need 32 of the 42 clubs to back plans for an investigation.

UEFA last week opened the door for the SPFL to call the Premiership season if Government orders or financial necessity made it impossible to complete.

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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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