By James Black
The Scottish Professional Football League have revealed they have shelved plans for an independent review in the handling of Rangers’ financial meltdown in 2012 – and laid the blame squarely with the Scottish FA.
The league body had proposed an investigation but plans were scrapped after a board meeting earlier today.
The SPFL’s chief executive Neil Doncaster had even taken the liberty of contacting the SFA asking the national governing body to take part in an independent review”
The SFA refused that request and it has forced the SPFL to ditch their plan for a review, leaving the SPFL board disappointed.
“The SPFL Board is disappointed in the Scottish FA’s decision not to participate in an independent review.” said a statement published on the SPFL’s website.
“The SPFL Board still believes that an independent review, promoted jointly by the Scottish FA and SPFL, would have resulted in a better understanding of the procedures and processes adopted by football’s governing bodies.
“Such a review would also have enabled any lessons learned to be implemented for the future benefit of the game in Scotland.”
SPFL Chairman Murdoch MacLennan also commented on the SPFL being forced to ditch their plans for a review.
“The SPFL Board has been clear that any meaningful review would have had to be carried out in association with the Scottish FA and with the full and active co-operation of both organisations.” MacLennan said, also quoted by the Daily Record.
“The SPFL Board has therefore concluded that it cannot, by itself, take forward an effective independent review.”
Celtic’s Peter Lawwell has also pushed for a review into Rangers’ meltdown after resigning from the SPFL board earlier this year.
Rangers were demoted to the fourth tier of Scottish football after going into administration before liquidation of the parent company forced them to ‘newco’ and allowing some of the club’s most valuable players to walk away for free.
In other Rangers transfer news, a 26-year-old in the form of his life has revealed he was offered a number of deals to quit Ibrox this summer.