Neil Doncaster has drawn a line under the SPFL’s civil war with Rangers and told the club to get ready for an early August restart after new talks.
The governing body’s chief executive told Sky Sports yesterday he is accelerating plans for a behind-closed-doors return in just over two months following constant discussions with Scottish government chiefs.
Doncaster was targeted by Rangers following the bungled vote to end the season early, which led to a string of stinging statements, a 200-page dossier highlighting poor governance and calls from Ibrox for him to be suspended.
The long-standing CEO survived and the focus is now on getting ready for next season and the new five-year, £125million Sky Sports deal which begins on August 1.
“A huge segment of the Sky deal is due to Celtic and Rangers, because everyone wants to see those matches – the history, tradition, intensity,” ex-SPL striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider.
“Scottish football can’t afford for the new deal not to start on time. They have a fraction of the Premier League broadcasting cash and £125m is astronomical for them, and for all the Scottish clubs.
“Celtic are deserved champions and it’s up to Steven Gerrard’s men to knock them off their perch.
“Rangers have improved this season but there’s still a big gap and they need to be really smart in the transfer market to give Steven a stronger squad to work with.”
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Neil Lennon’s side were crowned champions on Monday for a ninth consecutive time after the 2019-20 season was terminated early following a vote of the 12 Scottish Premiership clubs.
Rangers finished runners-up and are now stepping up summer transfer plans as they look to prevent Celtic marching to 10-in-a-row next season.
In other Rangers news, a 29-year-old has set his sights on joining an English club after recent developments at Ibrox.