The Rangers gaffer wants an independent probe into the Scottish governing body’s voting Procedure.
Rangers director Steven Gerrard has called the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)’a complete mess’ and needs an independent investigation into their strategies to deliver an early end to the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scotland’s Championship, League One and League Two have concluded their campaigns, with the recent standings declared final, following a change of heart in Dundee saw the Championship club back SPFL plans.
Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers are champions of their respective divisions, while Partick Thistle and Stranraer will probably be relegated from the Championship and League One.
Crucially, as much as Gerrard and Rangers are concerned, the SPFL currently has the capability to end the top-flight year, having struck on the brink of 81 percent backing from the country’s 42 senior clubs, most of which feared to their futures without receipt of end-of-season obligations.
Rangers are 13 points behind rivals Celtic near the top of the Premiership but could still mathematically be champions.
“I believe Rangers’ stance on it, and certainly my stance on it, would be to allow the suits continue doing exactly what they’re doing at the moment. It’s their job to keep to represent Rangers so,” he said.
“However from afar the SPFL looks a complete mess. I’m watching ex-players and pundits, I am reading media and it’s getting absolutely battered from pillar to post.
“All I ask is for the main chief of the SPFL to show some true leadership currently. What he has to do today — because there are a lot of doubts, queries and accusations about the association — is he wants to let an independent investigation into the setup up there, to prove everything wrong and reveal there’s transparency across the board.
“The SPFL have said they’re open to an internal investigation. I don’t agree with that, since you shouldn’t be permitted to mark your own homework.
“You mark your homework, you’re constantly going to finish high in this course and there’s not likely to be any questions asked.
“Therefore, for me personally, there needs to be a professional investigator who must come in and examine all across the board with the SPFL.
“I have watched the SPFL, an organisation which I am a significant portion of today, get absolutely slaughtered and I am waiting for the leader Murdoch MacLennan to come out and show leadership and allows an outside investigator to come in, go right across the entire scenario and show what’s fresh.”
Gerrard insisted, however, that whatever his and the club’s sporting tastes may be, public safety should remain the priority.
“Ideally, I want to see everyone back playing and to complete the off season and that’s how everybody wants to see it,” Gerrard continued.
“However, where we are right now, the major priority is everyone’s wellbeing. Football is certainly secondary.”