The bitter attack from the SFA over Stewart Robertson’s complaints about Rangers’ plans for the Colt side in the Lowland League only happened because it came from Rod Petrie.
Rangers are now very much in the ascent of Scottish football, beginning to assert our influence on the sport here after a decade of exile, and even the SFA and SPFL have been playing a bit more ball in recent times.
But the systemic and entrenched hate of Rangers hasn’t quite been steamed out quite yet, and Petrie’s ridiculous rant remains evidence of the figureheads in our game who still remain attempting to undermine what comes out of Ibrox.
Petrie has been anti-Rangers for well over a decade, his entire Hibs tenure being an attack on all things Govan and we’ll never forget his nonsense over the Scott Allan affair.
So who could be surprised that such a man would retain such a grudge in his current position as SFA President, where he’s launched a verbal volley at Robertson and Rangers with effective accusations of lying.
All Rangers asked was why our plans were not being shared with other clubs, we were NOT asking for them to be executed immediately.
Petrie’s defence, alleging that we’d known nothing would be done till the season’s end is simply illogical.
Sharing the information and creating transparency does not mean acting on the proposals – but Petrie’s attack is not based on clear logic.
Rangers simply wanted dialogue with all the other clubs, and for them to be clear on what we proposed, but Petrie used that as an attack on the club and Robertson and effectively called us liars in the process.
Scottish football is slowly improving for the better in terms of the unfair playing field, but guys like Petrie have no place in that evolution.