Letter from Ibrox
Rangers demand answers on Cinch sponsorship deal
The title sponsorship deal is the biggest signed by the SPFL
Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has asked SPFL chief Neil Doncaster to explain why a sponsorship agreement was signed with car dealer Cinch when he knew of the Ibrox club’s opposition to the deal.
The Premiership champions are in an increasingly rancorous dispute with League chiefs after refusing to use the used car company’s branding on their shirts or around Ibrox during the opening day fixture with Livingston.
SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan labelled Rangers’ actions as ‘very disappointing’ amid fears that cinch could tear up the deal, worth £8 million over five years, and the biggest title sponsorship in the league’s history.
Mr Robertson has written to clubs to outline Rangers’ position on the row that has prompted league chiefs to call an emergency meeting to thrash out a resolution.
Rangers insist they are complying with the SPFL rule book (pic: SNS Group)
“For the avoidance of doubt, Rangers continues to comply with the rules of the SPFL,” says Mr Robertson in his letter.
“One of the key rules that protects the commercial interests of all members is [the SPFL’s] Rule I7.
“When the SPFL Executive put forward the written resolution with regards to the new sponsorship contract, Rangers immediately notified Neil Doncaster that, in line with Rule I7, we would be unable to provide the new sponsor with many of their rights due to a pre-existing contractual obligation. We cannot breach an existing contract.
“This is a legal principle which is founded in Scots Law and is the reason that the SPFL has Rule I7 within its rules.
“Rangers has complied with and will continue to comply with the SPFL rules and fulfil all sponsorship obligations which do not conflict with our pre-existing contractual obligations.