Rangers will continue to sweet-talk clubs into backing their prizemoney plan today and avoid SPFL chiefs being handed powers tomorrow to crown Celtic champions, Football Insider understands.
Hampden bosses want the 42 Scottish clubs to rubber-stamp a proposal which sees the campaign in the Championship, League One and League Two declared over immediately amid the havoc wreaked by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A Scottish source has told Football Insider that Rangers chiefs are working extensively behind the scenes to stave off the unprecedented move.
Rangers released a strong statement on Wednesday afternoon which warned of “severe consequences for the Scottish game” if the “abhorrent” emergency proposals are voted through.
The club has launched a counter proposal which would allow prize money to be urgently distributed to cash-strapped clubs, while simultaneously holding off on any abandonment of the campaign.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club have already begun targeting the Scottish Championship clubs from last night to back their plan.
The SPFL motion needs a 75 percent majority in each division to be voted through, with a deadline set for Friday at 5pm.
The plan is likely to secure enough back in the SPL, but is meeting most resistance in Scotland’s second tier.
This is the key battleground for Rangers as they work to avoid a situation in which Celtic are declared champions for the ninth consecutive time.
If the SPFL plan is given the thumbs up, their nine-person board will gain the authority to decide the final placings in the Premiership.
As things stand, they are prepared to wait and see how the coronavirus crisis develops before making a final call on the top 12.
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