Ladbrokes and Rangers to Go their Sperate Ways
by Glenn Baird - April 15, 2020
Scottish footballing giants, Rangers FC, announced yesterday that they would not be renewing their in-stadium betting partnership with Ladbrokes for 2020/21 season.
A statement published on the official Rangers FC website reads as follows:
“Following a number of supporter enquiries over the Easter weekend, we can confirm the arrangement with Ladbrokes, who provide betting facilities at Ibrox stadium, will not continue next season,”
It is important to note that Ladbrokes had already decided at the start of the current season not to renew their contract as the main sponsor for the SPFL for next year and as such there are those who believe that the statement from the Glasgow club amounts to little more than posturing, as a show of dissatisfaction over the current voting debacle that has taken place in Scottish football.
So far Ladbrokes have not commented on the statement but as part of the ‘Change for the Bettor’ scheme that has been adopted by all GVC UK betting brands and through which they will end their commercial association with football. This in turn suggests that there was never much chance for the renewal of the contract.
As with all football leagues around the world there is contention over how the season in Scotland should end. The Scottish Football Association organised a vote for all members of the Scottish Football League asking them, in a yes or no vote, if the season should be ended as things stand or not. This would see the league handed to city rivals Celtic, with more than enough games remaining in the season for Rangers to close the gap.
As things stand the vote remains finely poised with one club yet to register their vote, which will prove to be the decisive vote.
Threatening legal action, Rangers has called for the suspension of SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster while an investigation takes place.
Interim Rangers Chairman Douglas Park said, “The lack of leadership and responsibility from the SPFL as a members’ organisation has shocked me. If ever there was a time for complete openness and transparency, it is now.
“Crucial decisions are being made on the issues of promotion and relegation behind closed doors and without proper time for consideration or debate.
“The farcical conduct of this affair seems to me to bring the corporate governance and business operations of the SPFL into sharp focus. It is an example of an undemocratic culture, which has existed within the SPFL for far too long.”