Rangers get shock backing from pro-Celtic politician

Rangers get shock backing from pro-Celtic politician
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 28: Referee Willie Collum looks at a monitor as they watch a VAR Review during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and St. Johnstone FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 28, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have gained backing over their VAR row with the SFA from the most unlikely source ever to take side with anything Govan – MSP James Dornan.

The Rangers-hating Celtic-loving pro-republican politician, who has been guilty of several blatant abuses of power in his position with attacks on Rangers and silence on Celtic, has staggeringly taken Rangers’ side over the VAR shambles.

He has put forth a motion criticising the SFA and referees, and has defended Rangers’ crusade against Hampden FC.

Which said:

“That the Parliament supports recent reported moves by Glasgow Rangers FC to get the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to release the conversations by video assistant referee (VAR) officials during the recent game against Celtic FC; recognises what it sees as the longstanding culture of secrecy that exists within the ruling hierarchy of Scottish football; urges the SFA to ensure that all VAR decisions, and any other decisions requested by a club involved, are made publicly available on such a request, and believes that, if the SFA and Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) continue with what it considers is their ongoing culture of secrecy, then there is a need to consider an independent regulator for football, similar to the plans reportedly due to be introduced into the UK Parliament, but one which would be unique to the circumstances of Scottish football.”

Of course, he had to get a slight dig in there by calling the club Glasgow Rangers as if Berwick have had some massive stand-off with the SFA as well… but nevertheless when even a man who would rather stand in a plague pit naked and be flogged by rampant wildebeest than endorse anything blue actually takes Rangers’ side, it’s pretty clear there’s a massive case for the SFA to answer.

Even their own statement in rebuttal to Rangers’ comment on the VAR meeting itself managed to incriminate their own selves by proving Rangers to be correct in what the club had said following the playing of the audio.

It’s evident, that if even James Dornan takes our side, the SFA’s already flimsy case literally doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

They were wrong, Collum was wildly wrong and if not malevolently match-fixing, massively negligent then refusing to take responsibility for his own error.

Either way, the SFA has been caught with its pants down as badly as Collum has.

There will be recriminations.

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