LiveScottish Football RECAP: Ex-Celtic ace backs Hearts and Rangers in astonishing SPFL rant, English football could return by 6 June, Ryan Gauld open to Dundee United return someday

All the latest news, transfer speculation and more from around the SPFL

Here we go again. There may not any on-field action happening in Scotland but ‘Scottish football’ is rivalling WWE for the title of the best ‘sports-entertainment’ product in the world. The last few days in the country as been a mixture of farce, bonkers, engrossing, amusing and worrying.

The SPFL’s resolution has got all fans talking and distracted the mind somewhat from the coronavirus pandemic and continued lockdown.

Who knows what the next week is set to bring but we will have all the latest news and fallout, plus any transfer speculation throughout each day.

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Charlie Nicholas' astonishing rant

Charlie Nicholas blasted the SPFL, while backing Hearts and Rangers in an astonishing rant on Sky Sports.

The ex-Celtic ace took aim at the governing body over their resolution and the resultant fall-out.

He said: "It's an absolute joke, honestly, it's a joke. The SPFL board is an absolute disaster, the people that surround them with ideas are all self indulgent.

'"People this weekend in Scotland have said, 'Oh, Rangers have been self indulgent, so are Hearts. Every team in the country have been self indulgent for themselves for as long as I can remember, from playing right through until now.

"It's always about the buck, I don't have a problem with that in business, a business doesn't survive unless it makes money. But a lot of these guys are now in a position that they are having a say at the top level of our game and it's become an absolute embarrassment."

He added: "It sounds as if there's bullying, we have to wait to see what Rangers have got. This so called chat they want to share with everybody, that they think that people should be sacked. We don't know until we see that."

EFL target 6 June return

The English Football League have held talks about returning to finish the season on 6 June.

According to ESPN, they would do a mini pre-season from the middle of May before picking up from where they left off prior to the shutdown.

It does, however, depend on advice from health officials and Government.

Ryan Gauld may return to Dundee United one day

Scottish starlet Ryan Gauld was tearing it up in the second tier of Portuguese football prior to the shutdown.

He had netted seven in seven as his Farense battled for promotion.

Speaking to the Courier the player has talked about his career to date, but doesn't reckon a move back to Scotland will happen anytime soon. But if it does it would likely be a return to Dundee United.

He said: "I went to Hibs, which didn’t really work out. It wouldn’t be my top choice to go back again but you can never rule it out. And United are my team in Scotland, so I could never say never to going back there some day."

Ally McCoist - "the whole thing stinks"

Rangers legend Ally McCoist has said the whole SPFL resolution "stinks".

McCoist lambasted the SPFL and Scottish football for its handling of the situation.

He told talkSPORT: "It's a shambles, an absolute shambles. It's the cartoon network up there. The gift that keeps on giving.

"For some reason, unbeknown to everybody else bar themselves, the SPFL think it's a great idea to release the result of the vote when all the votes aren't in. It's a shambles.

"All of a sudden Dundee, who said they sent their vote,  but the SPFL strangely and bizarrely said they didn't receive the vote - so there's a mystery. And then they've said: 'Oh, wait a minute, we did receive it later on.'

"At best, the whole thing absolutely stinks. For a governing body who are supposed to be looking after their members, it's an absolute embarrassment."

He added: "Honestly, there are far, far greater issues without talking about this. But it's been a big issue up here. Only in Scottish football could you have this embarrassment and that's exactly what it is."

Celtic winger wanted

Celtic attacker Marian Shved is wanted by three clubs in Ukraine, according to the Daily Record.

The 22-year-old joined in January 2019 before moving to Glasgow in the summer but has failed to make an impact.

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Emergency meeting likely

An emergency meeting will be held by the SPFL in the coming days after the controversial resolution vote on Friday.

Despite not every team having voted, the organisation released a statement on Friday with the state of play at the moment.

The Daily Record report that a meeting is expected in the next 24 hours to "discuss a range of new emergency measures".

Dundee won't be making comment

Dundee are at the epicentre of the latest battle in Scottish football.

They are the kingmakers, as Alan Pattullo writes in The Scotsman, due to their position in holding the casting vote with more than 20 days to do so.

The club sent in a vote which wasn't received before sending a message to the SPFL on Friday asking them not to cast the vote.

At this moment in time the club won't be making comment "until things become clearer".

Rangers hit out at SPFL

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