Sat. Nov 19th, 2022

Rangers are railing against the SPFLs plans to curtail the Championship, League One and League Two seasons, warning of severe consequences for the Scottish game and labelling plans to relegate clubs abhorrent.
With play halted in Scotland, the league announced proposals to immediately end the three divisions below the top flight and determine final placings by points per game in league matches played to date by each club.
Wednesdays resolution also recommends that the Ladbrokes Premiership remains postponed for the time being, although final season placings would be determined by the same system if the SPFLs board determines matches cannot be played.
That could see Celtic crowned champions for the ninth successive season and Hearts relegated, but the immediate impact of the plans would be relegation for Partick Thistle and Stranraer.
SPFL clubs are to vote on a resolution recommending the termination of the 2019/20 season in the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2.
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SPFL (@spfl) April 8, 2020
SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan believes the measures enable the best possible outcome for Scottish football in these very demanding and unique circumstances something Rangers robustly contest.
Steven Gerrards second-placed side are 13 points behind Celtic and firmly believe that the 2019/20 season is only complete when all 38 games have been played to a finish, while they say this SPFL resolution cannot be accepted.
Rangers said in a statement: It is important to recognise that these clubs across all the leagues are now in a financially precarious situation.
As a club, Rangers will immediately propose a members resolution which would release prize money to be distributed to all clubs throughout Scotland urgently.
Club Statement:
Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 8, 2020
We believe that this is the priority in the present circumstances.
It is vital to show respect for all clubs across the Scottish game, regardless of league position or financial standing. We must work together with a unity of purpose for the betterment of the Scottish game.
We are also acutely aware of other issues which are less pressing but are forming key parts of the football narrative in Scotland.
Nothing is more important than protecting the future of every club in Scotland as we are cognisant that this has a direct impact upon peoples livelihoods.
Rangers would still be 10 points behind leaders Celtic if they won their game in hand (Andrew Milligan/PA)
It is abhorrent that certain clubs could be unfairly relegated if the current SPFL proposals were implemented. We must future proof the Scottish game.
Any restructure of the SPFL or other solutions to the current impasse must be afforded time to scrutinise in detail and consider all options.
The consequences of forcing through change without due care and attention will have severe consequences for the Scottish game.
Scottish football must work together for the common good of every club, their staff and supporters.
Any attempts to railroad changes to existing rules or run roughshod over corporate governance will be opposed in the strongest possible terms. We must allow decisions to be made in a rational, fair and balanced manner.
In the meantime, we expect clubs to support our members resolution which will provide financial support to those who need it most.
Club Statement 8th April 2020
Partick Thistle FC (@PartickThistle) April 8, 2020
That strongly-worded statement was swiftly followed by Partick saying they will simply not accept this proposal as it stands.
We believe that the proposal requires significantly more discussion, scrutiny and debate before any vote can be taken, the bottom-placed Championship side said.
We are now engaging with others to amend the proposal to identify a fairer and more equitable solution to address a number of inequalities it throws up.
Partick Thistles Firhill Stadium in Glasgow (Jane Barlow/PA)Stevie Farrell, manager of rock-bottom League One side Stranraer, told Clyde 1: Sporting integrity is about being equitable, its about being fair and making sure nobodys at a detriment at these unprecedented times.
There are only two teams that are going to be at a detriment, and thats Stranraer and Partick Thistle. And with a quarter of the season left, thats just not acceptable.
Dundee United would be promoted to the Premiership if the resolution passes, while Raith Rovers would move up to the Championship and Cove Rangers would join League One.
“There are only two teams that are going to be at a detriment, that’s Stranraer and Partick Thistle”@StranraerFC boss Stevie Farrell says the SPFL’s recommendation to end the lower league season now is unfair.
Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 8, 2020
The SPFL circulated the resolution to its 42 members clubs recommending the immediate termination of the 2019/20 season for those divisions, the cancellation of all play-off competitions and that final places are decided on a points per game basis.
SPFL chairman MacLennan said coronavirus has left them wrestling with the enormous challenges, with chief executive Neil Doncaster admitting the situation regarding the Premiership remains particularly complicated.
Everyone is aware of UEFAs desire for the family of European football to work together to resolve the issues that confront us all, he said.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster is attempting to navigate choppy waters (Jeff Holmes/PA)
We are keen to work with UEFA and remain in discussion with them over the situation in Scotland.
The quicker we reach a final position the better, but there is no doubt this is the most complicated and challenging situation our game has faced in living memory.
Meanwhile, Kilmarnock are placing their first-team squad, coaching staff, academy employees and the majority of administration staff on furlough through May.
St Johnstone are furloughing most of their playing squad, coaching staff and non-playing staff.