Charles Green, Chief Executive of The Rangers Football Club, said: “We have reached agreement with the SFA and SFL on all matters but not with the SPL.
“As a result, talks are continuing to secure our SFA membership which we are hoping to receive today.”
The Daily Record, under the “exclusive” banner, reported Stewart Regan’s reply:-
“It could possibly be settled in 24 hours but there are still a number of issues to resolve and it will require a lot of action from our lawyers.”
“STV has learned that the SPL investigation into payments made to Rangers players that were not declared in league contracts remains an issue.
The SPL has already stated that there is a prima facie case to answer and should Rangers be guilty of breaching the rules over undeclared payments the sanctions available include the stripping of titles, which Rangers manager Ally McCoist has said that he would firmly oppose.
Though Green had hoped to conclude the membership transfer on Wednesday, it is understood that the issue will not be resolved and will continue on Thursday.”
“Broad agreement has been reached between the Scottish Premier League and Rangers following further discussions over Scottish FA membership.
Nothing has been signed as yet but BBC Scotland has learned progress has been made and all parties are now hopeful that a deal can be done.”
So that is all clear. Everything is agreed with the SFA and SFL, but possibly not with the SPL.
All that remains is for the lawyers to tie up the loose ends, or for there to be a signed agreement or something else entirely…
Has there been agreement between the SPL, SFL and Sevco Scotland regarding television rights?
Has there been agreement by Sevco Scotland to accept the SPL findings in the disciplinary process regarding “dual contracts”?
Has the SFA Appellate Tribunal, which the SFA stated last Friday needed to be re-convened to finalise the SFA disciplinary process, been fixed?
Have Duff and Phelps agreed to whatever they, as part of this five-way agreement, were supposed to agree to?
“Sevco are understood to have reached agreement with the Scottish FA over the acquisition of the membership.
However, chief executive Charles Green is understood to be unwilling to accept a condition of the transfer which would allow the Scottish Premier League to punish the club as part of an outstanding investigation.
Possible sanctions if the SPL finds the club guilty include stripping titles won during that period, something Green is unwilling to accept.”
So we do have some answers. Sevco Scotland Ltd have not moved their position.
Have the SPL and SFA blinked?
We await the proverbial white or black smoke coming from Hampden Park to announce the decision.
Posted by Paul McConville