Rangers board stunned as leaked plan emerges - Sources

The Rangers board is said to be stunned at John Nelms’ leaked plan to perform a U-turn and back the SPFL’s proposal to end the season now, Football Insider has learned.

The extraordinary events in Scottish football have taken a new twist as the Daily Record claim the Dundee managing director will now back the league’s plan four days after signing a voting paper to oppose the proposal.

Football Insider has learned from Rangers sources that club chiefs are angry at the change of heart from Nelms, which they believe threatens the integrity of the game north of the border.

The Glasgow giants have engaged in a public war of words with the SPFL and accused them of serious foul play.

They have been pushing relentlessly over the last week for a new range of measures that would see prize money be distributed now via interest-free loans as well as the current campaign being completed.

Nelms emerged as kingmaker after the ballot last Friday, which asked the 42 league clubs for backing to end the campaign due to the coronavirus crisis.

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The Dundee chief could have scuppered completely vote which would have crowned Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers champions of their divisions, with Partick Thistle and Stranraer relegated, plus open up the possibility of Celtic being named Premiership champions and Hearts demoted.

The Record quote a source close to Nelms as saying he will back the SPFL proposal despite not being happy with all aspects of it.

Rangers are desperate to avoid a situation in which the season is called based on the current top 12 league standings.

The SPFL have scheduled an emergency meeting for 5pm today that is set to bring further clarity amid the latest twists in the drama.

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