By Joe Ellis

23rd Apr, 2022 | 10:45pm

Rangers cover cinch sponsorship boards v Motherwell amid SPFL row

Rangers eased past Motherwell yesterday with a 3-1 victory but what they did after the game will have caught the attention of many at the SPFL.

The post-match interviews took place inside Fir Park’s media area where the cinch sponsorship branding was plastered everywhere as the Scottish Premiership’s headline sponsor.

But the SPFL and Rangers have long been at loggerheads over the deal and when Giovanni van Bronckhorst stepped into the area, the club took white tape over the cinch boards [Glasgow Times].

Graham Alexander followed van Bronckhorst into the media pen and the dispute was absolute as the white tape had then been removed as the opposition manager conducted his post-match interviews.

The Light Blues have managed to get around this issue all season by having the manager do their interviews both pre and post-match outside where there are no permanent boards on display.

Petty

It is all a bit childish really. Rangers need to get in touch with the SPFL and sort this nonsense out once and for all and move past it.

Exactly what cinch have done to deserve this treatment, who knows, but this situation can’t carry on much longer.

It seems to be the start of a trend with Rangers as they are the only Scottish Premiership club not involved in the SPFL’s new deal with Sorare although that appears to be because of an existing deal rather than the Gers rejecting anything.

Having a good relationship with the SPFL could be paramount in the future and with Celtic not having any kind of tensions with the governing body, if a decision comes to the hierarchy, it may well go in the Hoops’ favour as a result.

You would hope that any pre-existing relationships wouldn’t play a factor in such big decisions but this is football and anything is possible.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist was surprised by what this Gers ace did in the first half against Motherwell.