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  • Mitre June 17

Rangers and Celtic's future in SPL rumbles on

The row over the influence the Old firm has over the SPL continues with Chairman Ralph Topping fueling the debate on the influence the clubs have over sponsorship in Scotland.

Topping's accusation the “gang of 10” are sabotaging future sponsorship deals has come under criticism from the Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston who will ask for an explanation at the SPL board meeting on the 12th April.

In a letter to the 10 clubs Topping wrote

“I’m aware of two firms attracted to sponsoring the SPL in 2013. But they have withdrawn  their interest in the light of recent developments in the SPL.”

He claimed the clubs are damaging the top flight’s appeal with their campaign to end a perceived Celtic and Rangers duopoly.

Yorkston said: “This letter was inappropriate. I don’t know of any precedence for such a partisan warning.

“There’s no consistency because I’m not aware of Mr Topping criticising those clubs which go on the radio and TV and talk about moving to pastures new.”.

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