Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell slammed the 200-page Rangers dossier at the heart of the civil war engulfing the Scottish game as “embarrassing”.
A Scottish source has told Football Insider that the long-standing Hoops board member delivered a withering verdict on the document to the 42 SPFL clubs in yesterday’s extraordinary general meeting held via Zoom.
Rangers’ attempts to oust the SPFL executive failed to secure enough backing from fellow clubs five days after their dossier became public.
Their call for an independent investigation into the SPFL’s corporate governance required support from 75 per cent of the Scottish professional clubs.
In total, 13 clubs from the four leagues voted for an independent probe, with 27 against and two abstentions.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster, who Rangers have accused of “bullying” and “alarming” governance, later said that he was “very pleased” with the vote result.
Lawwell is renowned as one of the most powerful figures in Scottish football and his verdict will not have gone down well at Ibrox.
Rangers must now decide their next step, having initially called for Doncaster and SPFL legal adviser Rod McKenzie to be suspended.
They released a statement last night insisting their approach had been vindicated as the result of the ballot showed many clubs in Scotland had lost confidence in the leadership of the SPFL.
Celtic issued a statement saying they were satisfied there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the board or executive as they made clear their support for Doncaster.
“We greatly regret the denigration of named individuals who have, on every occasion, acted upon decisions which were made by the board,” it read.
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