RetroRik wrote:I think they have made a big mistake today. Cannot see a good outcome for the league.RIK
Actually I don't think there has been any mistake. As someone from Scotland, I can tell you that feelings have been running VERY
high with football fans from all clubs threatening en mass to turn their backs on Scottish football FOREVER
if the rules were changed to suit Rangers and they were admitted into Div 1. To be clear, the precedent in such situations had already been set in recent years with Gretna and Livingstone feeling the full force of sanctions when they got into serious financial trouble. Rangers deserved to receive no special treatment simply because of the clout they possess.
Yes, the money coming in from the Sky television contract may now be in jeopardy (apparently Sky have a getout clause if either of the Old Firm are not in the premier league), however had the decision gone the other way Scottish Football would still be in dire peril with lower gate receipts of disaffected fans voting with their feet. In many ways it was a lose-lose situation. No matter what happened, the outcome wouldn't be great... it was just a case of following the least worse scenario in the end for most clubs.
At least this way Scottish Football retains some shred of integrity in this whole mess. For a while there, I was starting to believe that Vladamir Romanov (Hearts owner) was right about corruption within the Scottish game and favouritism toward the Old Firm. Hopefully now the whiff of any kind of corruption can be put to one side.
The story probably isn't over yet though. The threat made to clubs if they voted against Rangers entering Div 1 was that the authorities would set up a breakway SPL 2 (in effect a new division 1) which would include Rangers. All clubs were told that they would not be welcome in this new league unless they supported Rangers.
What a mess......