Rangers Again: The Buck is Passed to the SFL

It’s been a fraught and sometimes farcical week in Scottish football, as the authorities in the SFA and SPL have been scrabbling desparately to find a solution to the Rangers problem, in the face of staunch supporter opposition that they seem not to have anticipated. It culminated in yesterday’s SPL meeting, at which Rangers were, as expected, denied their application to transfer their share to a new company. Thus, the buck has been passed to the Scottish Football League, and it’s now with them, at their meeting next Friday (13th July), to decide what happens to Rangers next. But the buck comes with strict instructions from both the SPL and SFA on what they are expected to do with it, and this has created a good deal of anger and resentment within the lower leagues. Mark has already covered yesterday’s events in the SPL in a separate article. There were some last minute doubts as to whether a vote would take place, but ultimately too many clubs had been too committal to be able to backtrack at this stage – or even to be seen to contemplate it – and thankfully the vote went ahead. Those wondering what will happen next should be very clear what has led to the SPL’s decsion. There is little doubt that had the clubs themselves been left to the decision in the absence...

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