I recently wrote to the SFL regarding the draw for the First Round of the Scottish League Cup.
I pointed out that the Format rules (as published on their website) state that the First Round draw will comprise of the 30 lowest teams of the SFL and SPL as at the end of the preceding season (i.e. the 30 then SFL teams). Thus Ross County should have been included in the draw and not ‘The Rangers FC’. I did acknowledge that this would cause an imbalance with only Eleven SPL clubs joining in later rounds due to Rangers’ absence, unless the Format rules were changed.
The reply I received confirmed (verbatim) ” I am sure you will agree that the circumstances which have seen this come about have been exceptional and that, accordingly, the rules, as you have stated, have not been implemented to the letter due to these exceptional circumstances.”
The fact is that the rules have not been changed, but rather an ad hoc decision has been made by “someone”. There was certainly no publication of any kind of vote being taken, either by Clubs or a Board.
Now, it may be irrelevant to the Clubs concerned, with one or two smaller Clubs getting a pay-day against Rangers in earlier Rounds, and depending on whether Ross County would have preferred to skip a Round or get some extra income from participating in it, given that they finished the strongest SFL team.
My point is that, when there have been so many arguments about Rules during the Rangers issue, the Football Authorities must be careful to abide by them or change them by democratic consent, not make them up as they go along.
“The Golden Rule is that there are no Golden Rules” (George Bernard Shaw).
Posted by Hugh McVey