Rangers Football Club announced their intention to appoint administrators on the 13th of February, 2012.
The SPL club were subsequently deducted ten points as a result of this action.
Since then, the club have also been hit with a twelve month transfer embargo, preventing them from registering any new players over the age of eighteen for the next year.
Now, as you can see below, every Scottish Premier League side had until the 31st of March, 2012, to submit fully audited accounts to the Scottish Football Association, regarding all of their business finances dating to the end of 2011.
All clubs in the lower divisions of Scottish Football had until the 30th of April, 2012, to do this.
Now, the submission of these accounts (by the dates listed above) is required in order for a club to be granted a licence to play in Scottish Football in the coming season.
As I write this, Rangers* FC are already 58 days overdue with regards to the submission of their audited accounts.
The Scottish Premier League have never granted any clubs with “a period of grace” in this regard, until now. Today, it became public that the SPL have given the Ibrox club until the 15th of June to submit their accounts, despite the fact they are already so late.
Grant Russell, a sports journalist working for STV (aka @STVGrant), tweeted the following statement earlier.
“SPL can waive it’s membership criteria for clubs at board’s discretion. Never has for other clubs not meeting criteria.”
Now, without sounding “paranoid” here, how telling a statement is that?
Interestingly, a club does NOT need an SFA licence to be granted in order for it to be able to compete in the SPL, and therefore the SPL’s decision here is very important.
By the time Rangers* next deadline comes to pass, they will have been given 76 days “grace” by the Scottish Premier League, who have never allowed this before for any other club in a similar situation.
And so, it begs the question, is it one set of rules for Rangers*, and one set of rules for the rest of the clubs in Scotland?
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.