RANGERS insist they will NOT back down in their fight against the SPFL hierarchy.

The Ibrox club, who lost 27-13 in the crucial ballot last night – with two clubs abstaining – are assessing their options after failing to force a new independent inquiry.

The vote showed Gers were backed by 31 per cent of the 42 clubs at a highly-charged and emotional EGM, as Scotzine reported.

Despite failing to hit the 75 per cent threshold to push through the investigation, the Govan outfit have no intention of moving on, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

A Rangers statement said: “It is clear that many members have lost confidence in the SPFL leadership and the need for change will not diminish. The status quo cannot hold.”

It’s understood Ibrox chiefs, led by interim chairman Douglas Park and managing director Stewart Robertson, will spend the next 48 hours considering their next move.

Legal action has not been ruled out with the unhappy club adamant that change is needed.

Gers were initially backed by Hearts and Stranraer in calling the EGM. They were supported by two Premiership clubs, one in the Championship and eight from Leagues One and Two who have called into question the handling of last month’s vote by the Hampden chiefs that brought a halt to the three lower leagues.

Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers were handed the titles to their respective divisions and Celtic are on the brink of being awarded their ninth successive crown. Neil Lennon’s side were top of the league with a 13-point advantage with only eight games remaining when football went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

Rangers thanked those who supported them, but believe a number of serious issues have yet to be addressed.

The Ibrox statement added: “Today’s vote has erased the false narrative of this issue simply being a conflict between one club and the SPFL.

“All we sought was urgently required scrutiny, respect for all member clubs, fairness and transparency.

“Significantly, support for the Hearts, Stranraer and Rangers requisition spanned the four professional divisions.

“Member clubs, recognising the need for Scottish football to improve its governance and professionalism, have moved beyond sporting rivalries and it would be unwise to regard this result as any kind of endorsement of the SPFL executive.

“A light has been shone on the SPFL’s governance and regardless of the attempts to debunk our report, there is widespread acknowledgement that it highlighted serious issues and failings which remain to be addressed.

“A management culture which not only fears accountability and scrutiny, but which actively campaigns against it, is unhealthy and breeds continued mistrust.

“This culture, so deeply embedded, must be addressed if Scottish football is to flourish.”


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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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