Wow! I am rather surprised by this ‘fact check’ as it is so-called. It reads more like a partisan defence of the ScotGov, than an impartial look at the facts.
No-one at the time of the offering of the franchise pretended that it would be easy, but it was clear at the time that the ScotGov went early for a re-tender without exploring the option of a delay to investigate the possibility that further devolution would allow a public sector option (as indeed it did).
That was the basis that they were accused by the rail unions and others of ‘rushing to continue the private ownership of Scotland’s railways’. A legitimate accusation then, and indeed now. Rather than the accusation being ‘False’ it is at least ‘Half True’.