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Rangers lead Scottish Premiership clubs to demand meeting over governance concerns

Six Scottish Premiership clubs have called for a meeting with the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) leadership.

According to STV, they have cited serious concerns regarding the independence and transparency of a recent independent report.

Aberdeen, Motherwell, Livingston, Rangers, St Johnstone and St Mirren sent a joint invitation to the SPFL executive on Wednesday.

The clubs expressed dissatisfaction with the report commissioned after the league body lost a legal dispute with Rangers.

The clubs claim SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan made unauthorised statements about the report.

They also allege the executive amended it before sharing it with the board. The SPFL denies these claims, saying the concerns have been addressed.

“It is imperative and in the best interests of transparency and governance that Mr MacLennan and chief executive Neil Doncaster meet shareholders,” the clubs said in a joint statement. 

They have invited all SPFL member clubs to attend the proposed meeting on February 27.

This request follows criticism from Scottish League Two club Stenhousemuir. They voiced their support for the six Premiership clubs. 

Stenhousemuir Chairman Iain McMenemy had previously raised concerns about the Rangers sponsorship issue and its aftermath at the SPFL general meeting in July 2023.

The situation highlights ongoing tensions within the Scottish football league system. There are lingering questions about governance and transparency within the SPFL. 

The February 27 meeting will be crucial in addressing these concerns and finding a resolution that satisfies all stakeholders.

There are significant financial implications and reputational concerns at stake. Both sides have the incentive to find some common ground.

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