Rangers boss Gerrard calls for probe into Scottish football ‘mess’

    LONDON (AFP) – Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has demanded an investigation into the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), accusing the organisation of making an “absolute mess” of its end-of-season proposal.

    Dundee on Wednesday reversed an earlier intention to reject the SPFL’s contentious plans to end the Scottish season below the Premiership level due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the resolution achieved the numbers required to pass.

    It means the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns will be curtailed early and decided on a points-per-game basis, with Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers declared champions.

    Partick Thistle and Stranraer will be relegated under the proposals, which could see bottom-placed Premiership club Hearts also drop, should the SPFL board decide the top-flight season cannot resume.

    Rangers had previously called for the suspension of SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster over the plan and Gerrard wants a probe into how the organisation handled the divisive situation.

    “From afar the SPFL looks an absolute mess,” Gerrard told Sky Sports yesterday, calling for Chairman Murdoch MacLennan to show “real leadership”.

    “I think what he has to do now, because there are so many accusations and doubts and questions about this institution, he needs to allow an independent investigation into the set-up, to prove everyone wrong and make sure there is fairness, and transparency across the board in Scotland.”

    Rangers, who voted against the SPFL’s resolution, issued a statement late on Thursday that made it clear Doncaster and legal advisor Rod McKenzie should be suspended while they are the “subject of forensic examination”.

    “No fair minded person can take the outcome of this vote seriously. The SPFL has conducted a process which has been misleading and deeply flawed,” the statement read.

    “We repeat our call for the immediate suspension of Neil Doncaster and Rod McKenzie pending the outcome of the independent investigation.”