Rangers FC Terminates Ladbrokes Partnership

Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) football club Rangers FC announced its in-stadia wagering relationship with Ladbrokes has been terminated.

Rangers Commercial Director James Bisgrove communicated this morning that betting services for Ladbrokes in-stadia will be withdrawn from Ibrox in advance of the SPL 2020/2021 season.

The Rangers FC statement read: “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.”

Ladbrokes has not yet commented on the conduct of Rangers. In 2019, the bookmaker chose not to renew its Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) heritage sponsorship, endorsing its wider corporate responsibility policy ‘Change for the Bettor.’

Rangers released a club statement on Saturday opposing proposals by the SPFL to conclude the Scottish football season 2019/2020.

Rangers described the SPFL’s decision to classify the three leagues’ final placings on a ‘points to date’ basis as a ‘abhorrent plan’ that would have serious implications for football clubs.

Douglas Park, the interim chairman of Rangers, questioning the SPFL, said the club had been provided with ‘whistle-blower facts,’ raising questions about the stewardship of voting in relation to the resolution of SPFL.

Threatening legal action, Rangers has called on SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster to be fired while an investigation is taking place.

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.”

You can read the supporter update here.