ROSS COUNTY chief Roy MacGregor has told Rangers to put up or shut up in their battle against the SPFL hierarchy.

The Ibrox club have stepped up their demands for an independent inquiry into the voting process that saw the Hampden chiefs call a halt to the Championship, League and League two 11 days ago, as Scotzine reported yesterday.

The bosses awarded titles to Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Stranraer in their respective leagues while also relegating Partick Thistle and Stranraer.

Now the SPFL will have a decision to make about the Premiership where Celtic, 13 points ahead with eight games to play, are on the brink of claiming their ninth successive crown.

Gers have called for an emergency general meeting of all 42 clubs after dismissing the findings of auditors Deloitte who insisted there was no case for the football gaffers to answer.

The Govan side claim they have whistleblower evidence of clubs being bullied ahead of the original poll and they also called for the immediate suspension of chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal adviser Rod McKenzie.

Rangers need the backing of 75 per cent of the clubs in all four divisions to call an EGM – but MacGregor, chairman of the Dingwall outfit, insisted the bid is a non-starter – unless evidence is produced.

The Highland club’s supremo, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “My message would be to put up or shut up. I have no idea what has gone on. All I know is I wasn’t bullied into a decision in any way.

“If Rangers have evidence of wrongdoing then why not put it to the board? I can’t understand why they are withholding it.

“You are talking about a board with seven members and yes they will look after their own clubs to a degree, but Rangers have Stewart Robertson on there, as well.

“And if they think there is something wrong they will want an enquiry, too.

“I don’t think Rangers will get the votes needed for an investigation otherwise.

“Why would I accept a witchhunt for my chief executive, lawyer and chairman without seeing facts? If there’s something real then put it out – simple as that.”

MacGregor would back an investigation if the Ibrox evidence is valid – but he is adamant Scottish football needs to focus on the more immediate concerns.

He added: “If Rangers have something and we see it. then have the investigation. It could start on Monday if they want, but these things take time.

“It will probably take months to go all around the clubs and do it properly – clubs might not even be in business by that time.”


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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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