Tranmere Rovers must take the fight against the injustice of relegation as far as they possibly can.

Earlier in the season, when Micky Mellon’s side couldn’t buy a goal, let alone a win, it seemed inevitable that the Whites would make an instant return to League Two.

But the gelling of a ruck of January signings finally turned into results, with Rovers winning three difficult away games on the bounce before the global health pandemic halted their momentum indefinitely.

The signs were there that Tranmere now had enough to escape the drop with 10 games to go.

Instead they are the victims of the EFL’s failure to protect all of its member clubs during a time of health and financial crisis.

By insisting on promotion and relegation, but then asking the member clubs to vote for a system that already determines each club’s fate in advance, the football authority created an environment of self interest in which clubs literally voted to stop playing to their own benefit.

Even Tranmere’s relegation rivals AFC Wimbledon voted to end the season, knowing they were safe.

Under the same system 12 months ago they would have been relegated. Short memories appear to be commonplace in football.

But Tranmere are lucky that they have the right people at the helm in Mark and Nicola Palios.

Using their vast experience they will carefully weigh up their options before making a decisive move.

That said, it is unlikely that the EFL will be forthcoming in compromise so don’t be surprised if they meet Tranmere in court.