Ibrox Sources: Major Rangers whistleblower update amid latest twist
Rangers will refuse to hand over their whistleblower evidence to an internal SPFL investigation over the bungled league-ending proposal vote, Football Insider has learned.
The Glasgow giants launched another strong attack on the league governing body in a statement last night that repeated their call for an independent investigation and the suspension of the SPFL’s chief executive Neil Doncaster.
Rangers did not divulge their plan to deal with the evidence supplied to them by a whistleblower but Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club will only hand it over to an independent and properly constituted SPFL investigation.
The Light Blues have engaged in a public war of words with the SPFL and accused them of serious foul play.
Rangers say “no fair-minded person” can take the SPFL’s vote to curtail the lower leagues in Scotland seriously.
The Ibrox club voted against the plans, and tabled their own resolution, which was dismissed by the league.
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The SPFL plans were passed when Dundee belatedly changed their decisive vote to back an early end to the lower divisions.
It means Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers have all been named champions of the Championship, League One and League Two, respectively.
It gives the SPFL board the power to “call” the top flight if it deemed the season could not be completed. Celtic are 13 points ahead of Rangers while Hearts are bottom and in danger of relegation.
Football Insider first revealed on 4 April that Rangers were planning legal action against plans to end the season prematurely, which the club substantiated in their latest statement on Thursday night.
Rangers have repeated their concerns about “bullying” and “coercion” of clubs to back the proposal and again called for Doncaster and the league’s legal adviser Rod McKenzie to be removed while an investigation was launched.
Earlier on Thursday, manager Steven Gerrard described the situation as “a mess” and claimed an internal investigation is like the SPFL “marking their own homework”.