Celtic dropped a major 9-in-a-row hint in their latest statement following the Rangers’ failed attempt to open an independent investigation against the SPFL.
It always felt like Rangers were fighting a losing battle when they called for an independent investigation into the SPFL following the passing of the motion to bring an end to the lower three Scottish leagues. Serious allegations like ‘bullying’ and ‘corruption’ were made against the body and calls were made for the suspension of Neil Doncaster and Rod McKenzie.
An EGM was called to vote on the issue and to decide whether an investigation was required. All 42 clubs were provided a dossier that was supposedly a proof of the SPFL’s wrongdoings, although there did not appear to be any substantial evidence regarding the matter judging by the manner in which the motion was turned down.
Going into the meeting, the Ibrox club needed 32 votes in order to gain majority support. They fell a long way short though, as only 13 clubs voted in favour of the motion while 27 voted against it and 2 abstained from voting. As a result, no independent investigation will be taking place despite the Rangers’ offer to fund it themselves.
This is a huge victory for Celtic, who might have even been crowned champions by now if all of this had not taken place. But in their latest statement following the EGM result, the club have called for all the clubs to focus on the 2020/2021 season. As reported by the Daily Record, the club said:
“We are satisfied that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by the board or executive and do not consider that such an inquiry is necessary.
“We now appeal to all clubs to look to the future in the knowledge that the threats which exist to the fabric of Scottish football are grave and unprecedented. All of our energies should be applied to planning for the return of the game in season 2020-21 and to the financial survival of all our clubs.”
That would suggest that the Hoops will be crowned champions as a result of their 13 point lead over second-placed Rangers. It will be interesting to see though what decision is taken, especially after multiple leagues around Europe have revealed their plans for the return of football behind closed doors this season.