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SPFL HIT BACK AFTER IBROX DOSSIER REVEALED

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RANGERS have issued their delayed dossier on allegations of bullying and corruption from the SPFL while calling for the immediate suspension of chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal adviser Rod McKenzie.

The SPFL bosses immediately hit back saying their accusers have failed in their efforts to present evidence to back up their claims.

The Ibrox side attacked the Hampden chiefs’ resolution to end the three leagues outwith the Premiership early which resulted in Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers being handed the titles in their respective divisions.

Celtic are now on stand-by to be awarded their ninths successive title after sitting 13 points clear with only eight games to go before the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a standstill in mid-March.

The vote was passed with 81 per cent of clubs in favour of the proposal with Championship side Dundee getting the casting vote five days after missing the original 5pm Friday deadline last month.

Rangers submitted their dossier to member clubs this morning with reports of a document stretching to 200 pages.

The Govan outfit league supremo Doncaster of holding back key information and being “the guiding hand” which determined the outcome.

They claim the SPFL could be liable for up to £10million in refunds to broadcasters by ending the season prematurely.

And they say Doncaster suggested the SPFL handed over a sponsorship deal to Sky Sports which was significantly below the league’s market value.

They also question why SPFL lawyer McKenzie issued four “cease and desist” requests to Ibrox chairman Douglas Park while insisting he blocked their bid for a new resolution.

Gers query a letter sent to UEFA outlining how Scotland’s clubs wanted the season over before any vote had taken place.

Plus they insist there are still unanswered questions on why the Dens Park outfit performed a voting U-turn after apparently changing their minds from their original decision.

Interim chairman Douglas Park, who took over from Dave King who quit last month, and the Govan hierarchy insist their claims warrant a second independent probe into the SPFL conduct at the EGM on Tuesday.

However, they require a 75 per cent vote from clubs to get that passed.

The SPFL have already moved to slam the Ibrox dossier and a spokesman said: “It is now a month since Rangers accused the SPFL of bullying and corruption relating to the Dundee FC return.

“At last, Rangers have issued their ‘dossier’ and we will now take time to review it, before responding to all 42 clubs.

“Since Rangers publicly demanded the suspension of the SPFL’s chief executive and legal counsel, everyone in Scottish football has waited patiently for them to present their case.

“However, an initial examination of their ‘dossier’ has failed to identify a single shred of evidence to support Rangers’ vociferous claims of corruption, bullying and coercion by SPFL staff.

“If Rangers have any good reason for Neil Doncaster and Rod McKenzie to be suspended, we have yet to see it.”

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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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