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Rangers slammed by SPFL chief MacLennan over cinch stand-off in letter to clubs

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  • 20:09, 2 Aug 2021
  • Updated: 20:11, 2 Aug 2021

SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan has written to Scotland’s clubs slamming Rangers over their cinch stand-off. 

SunSport broke the bombshell news on Sunday that the Ibrox club were at war with league chiefs over their £8million sponsorship deal with the online car sales firm.

Rangers refused to display the cinch logo on their jerseys in their opening league game of the season against Livingston.

They believe there’s a clause in the SPFL rulebook which allows them to snub any advertising which impact on their own deals.

The issue has caused major ructions behind the scenes with Neil Doncaster under serious pressure to find a solution.

And now MacLennan has told clubs they must show support to the SPFL chief executive in an email sent tonight. 

He wrote: “Dear all. You will all be aware that earlier this summer, the SPFL signed a title sponsorship contract with cinch. 

“This contract is, by value, the biggest single sponsorship deal in the 131-year history of the league.  

“In the context of what is, by any measure, a challenging economic environment, our Chief Executive and his commercial team deserve huge credit for delivering this deal. 

“It is therefore very disappointing that one of our clubs has not felt able to deliver inventory to cinch.

“Your Board will be discussing this situation later this week. I will of course be in touch thereafter to give you a further update.”

The SPFL insist there is a clear breach in “the fulfilment of rights obligations.”

But Rangers are refusing to back down.

And SunSport can reveal their argument centres around Rule I7 in the SPFL rulebook  - which they believe allows them to snub certain terms of the five-year contract.

It states clubs are NOT “obliged to comply with this rule if to do so would result in that club being in breach of a contractual obligation entered into prior to the Commercial Contract concerned.”

Rangers are arguing they have various long-standing sponsorship deals in place which would be at risk should they display the cinch logo.

Crucially, they also insist the SPFL failed to formally write to clubs before the deal was struck.

Those are the fine details being argued over by both sides.

The SPFL’s own lawyers are fighting their case and insisting the Ibrox club are out of line.

And Scotland’s other clubs and waiting in the wings to see how the dispute unfolds.


Rangers slammed by SPFL chief MacLennan over cinch stand-off in letter to clubs (thescottishsun.co.uk)

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1 hour ago, ian1964 said:


The reason they wrote to all clubs was to isolate Rangers again. The SPFL feel that peer pressure, isolation and bullying is the way to go. I would hope that our other sponsorship deals amount to more than the measly £8m which has to be shared not only by the 12 PL clubs, but the SPFL itself.  

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