By Joe Ellis

18th Jul, 2022 | 3:10pm

Rangers chief Stewart Robertson replaced on SPFL board by Celtic executive

Rangers chief Stewart Robertson is no longer on the SPFL’s board as a shake-up at the top proceeds the 2022-23 season, according to Football Scotland.

Seven club representatives are selected from the 42 clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League to work alongside Neil Doncaster, Murdoch MacLennan and Karyn McCluskey of the SPFL.

Robertson was on the board for the 2021-22 campaign but he has not been re-elected by his fellow chiefs at other clubs in Scotland.

In his place, Celtic chief executive Michael Nicholson will be one of the seven elected members of the board for this season although re-elections occur every year so Robertson could retake his place next summer.

Ron Gordon of Hibernian and Ross County’s James MacDonald are the other two Premiership representatives with Les Gray (Hamilton), Graeme Mathie (Ayr), Alastair Donald (Forfar) and Paul Hetherington (Airdrie) completing the septet from the lower divisions.

Worrying

It is hard not to be a little bit concerned to have Celtic representation on the board without any Rangers member there to counteract whatever ridiculous plan they come up with.

As bitter rivals, both clubs will naturally do whatever it takes to make decisions go their own way and negatively impact the other side of Glasgow if at all possible.

That’s why we should really have either both clubs represented or neither in the interest of keeping things not only fair but without controversy as much as we can.

Thankfully, Hibs and Ross County should be able to see the best interests of the league and Scottish football on the whole and counter any scheme Celtic may try to push through.

Hopefully, come this time next season, Robertson or one of his Ibrox colleagues are back on the board and we can keep a much closer eye on proceedings to try and keep them from going too far away from what would benefit us.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox exit is getting ever closer as Fabrizio Romano claims negotiations are at the final stages.