Untenable position for SFA president as drama unfolds

Campbell Ogilvie’s appointment as president of the SFA was always controversial.  As general secretary and director of Rangers, Ogilvie was the club’s chief administrator during the final 11-year period they refused to employ Catholic footballers.  In many other walks of life, this background would make him an embarrassing relic of a former era, but in Scottish football it was enough to see him promoted to the ultimate honour position.

He remained in position at Rangers long after the new regime of Sir David Murray arrived and set aside the decades-old sectarian employment policy but left the club in 2005, joining Hearts as operations director two months later.  All of this puts the SFA president in central position regarding the on-going tax tribunal, which is charged with deciding if Rangers illegally evaded tax from a period starting in 2000 and going on well beyond Ogilvie’s departure.

If the First Tier Tribunal finds against Rangers the SFA must ask for Ogilvie’s immediate resignation.  The association cannot have a president embroiled in a tax evasion scam which, even before a verdict has been decided, has already caused untold harm to his former club and the reputation Scottish football.  The scale of the damage to public finances has yet to be definitively established but it will not make good reading.

The SFA has just embarked on its first proper investigation into whether directors of a football club, in this instance Rangers, are fit and proper persons to hold such a position.  Office holders at the association cannot exercise power over the game if they are not subject to the same standards they demand from clubs.  Pending this investigation, and the outcome of the tax tribunal, Ogilvie should temporarily step aside.  Scotland is not yet a banana republic, public bodies must have robust ethics and must not allow the shadow of contagion to be cast over the body charged with ensuring legal and moral standards are adhered to.

The SFA has some enormously important months ahead.  Its president is currently in a position to influence which course it takes and, if the tribunal verdict falls against Rangers, could be implicated in the scandal which precipitated the crisis.  While I am sure Campbell Ogilvie will be shown to have acted with impeccable ethical standards, the SFA must quickly establish a structure clear of contagion.

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  • ‘crushed nuts?’ ‘Naw, Layringitis!’

    CW doesn’t walk away, no’ in they brogues!

  • bjmac

    Ralph

    He mentioned that the rules should be transparent and the authorities clear on what the penalties are for breaking certain rules.

    He then went on to give example of penalties including titles being stripped for financial doping, clear on what happens on the result of a team being liquidated.

    Gordon Dalziel tried to interrupt with accusing him of making his mind up on what should happen but Alan calmly continued with his points – they couldn’t answer or argue and simply thanked him for making his very good points.

    These guys are supposed to be experts but they don’t have a clue on many of the sensible points raised.

    hh

    bjmac

  • Art of War

    Celticbhoy says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:41
    Art of War
    Nice one mate. l think it could be used by the fans at broke.

    Haha aye mibbes, Celticbhoy.

    However, i think we might be hearing The Last Post, anytime soon.

    HH

  • ‘crushed nuts?’ ‘Naw, Layringitis!’

    dazzle? an expert?

  • oglach

    Police to allow potential title decider at Ibrox!!!

  • Dead and Loving it

    Song fo ibrox on the 25th

    the old soft cell song, tainted love , changed to tainted club

  • Jeg er Neil Lennon-Greeninbingley

    Furthest place from Ibrox?

    Got to be the high ground. The moral high ground.

  • TimJim

    Napola v London Huns just KO come on Napola

  • voguepunter

    Do you remember that one good game Dalziel had
    for rfc? The 3-3 game…..that was it for the ragers
    legned.

  • DUSHANBE BHILLY BHOY

    bjmac says:

    21 February, 2012 at 19:44

    …..which is why I miss Jimmy Sanderson.

    Were at the game, caller?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmYz4n2JmjE

  • HECTOR – Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%.

    C’mon BJmac

    There’s mare experts on the panel of the Carluke Shammy Tic Talk show. Even them argumentative “you’ll no tell me whit tae think” panelist types. :-)))))

    MWD

  • ‘crushed nuts?’ ‘Naw, Layringitis!’

    real: why has everyone stayed away from murray? in relation to this whole thing?
    roughie: dm only left £30m debt
    bfdj: they didn’t pay the tax. that’s what gonnae bring ranjurz down!
    roughie: dm said he wouldn’t give the club to anyone who didn’t deserve it
    bfdj: dm said that several years ago and nobody came forward then

    WHY WILL THEY COME FORWARD NOW YA BIG FAT GORMLESS NAE USE DUMPLIN’!!!!!!!!!

  • Magnificentseven

    oglach says:

    21 February, 2012 at 19:46

    Police to allow potential title decider at Ibrox!!!

    Oglach….there will be NO title decider………………..hopefully a title clincher though :-)

  • bjmac

    Dushanbe

    Aye, but I have faint recollections of my old man screamin’ at the radio coming back from the games, when Sanderson was on… Happy Days though!

    You Saltires in Seville, buddy ?

    hh

    bjmac

  • Celticbhoy

    Art of War

    in that case we had better sing “I’ll Remember You”

    Could do the punk version of
    “I’ll Remember You…ya bas%*#d”

  • yorkbhoy

    Furthest point from poundland
    The 21st century

  • bjmac

    MWD

    You managed to listen that far into it!!!!

    btw the exhaust on the inside of the double decker bus is a true story! :-))))

    hh

    bjmac

  • hamiltontim

    VP

    Ah your a good sport my bhoy!!

    Me? I have an erse like two badly parked Volkswagen Beetles :-)

  • iPaddy McCourt

    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    You were the billy boys

    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    Our hearts are filled with joy

    (ok someone help me out with the next bit!)

  • setting free the bears

    I see the elephant in the room has decided to give one Rangers fan a reminder of his existence

    Elephant hunskelper

  • Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly

    Furthest point from Ibrox………………solvency

  • Neil Lennon says NO to BESNA!!

    gary neville on SKY……why

    Some nice pics hanging on the wall of the tunnel at Napoli.
    Pity der hun wont be playing in europe for a few years as id have love to have seen the bigots standing in that tunnel.

  • Kilbowie Kelt

    The title decider at Ibrox dilemma is comic genius.
    Who is kidding who ?
    The only way the game would be a DECIDER is if the game was pivotal to the outcome of the title.
    If Celtic go there in a position to mathematically guarantee the title on the day,..then the title is ALREADY won, no matter the outcome of that fixture.
    The ‘title decider’ would NOT be a title decider.
    Celtic would win the title either way in that circumstance.

    As Bill Shakespeare wrote a long time ago,….MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

  • DUSHANBE BHILLY BHOY

    bjmac says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:51
    Dushanbe

    Aye, but I have faint recollections of my old man screamin’ at the radio coming back from the games, when Sanderson was on… Happy Days though!

    You Saltires in Seville, buddy ?
    ——

    No, but Saltires is a very good pal of mine for 30 odd years.

    We are from 2 different islands, if that gives you a clue.

    We drank in the same south side Glasgow pub in the 80s and 90s which begins with a “H”.

  • Neil Lennon says NO to BESNA!!

    iPaddy McCourt says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:54
    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    You were the billy boys

    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    Our hearts are filled with joy

    (ok someone help me out with the next bit!)

    Your up to your neck in the taxmans debt
    Pay it or you’ll die

  • hamiltontim

    I only ever hear Clyde on a Tuesday night when I’m collecting my daughters from dancing so mostly I rely on the comments on CQN regarding calls and panellists.

    Now I was brought up to be respectful, thoughtful and not to mock the afflicted.

    Having said that, how thick is Daziel!!!???

  • HECTOR – Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%.

    Furthest point from ibrox

    Top of the league.

    MWD

  • I am Neil Lennon – LTPS

    Does anyone else think that The Wee Tiger McCall wish he hadn’t laid down to he old mate cheeky chappy Mccoist in te games against them earlier this season. Might be in second place.

  • AndyM

    iPaddy McCourt says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:54
    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    You were the billy boys

    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    Our hearts are filled with joy

    (ok someone help me out with the next bit!)

    Your up to your knees in invoices
    Defaulted and you died

    You were the bigot billy boys

    (Repeat with gusto)

  • wonkyradar

    Qhytey disnae need to find the furthest away place fae the skid bowl- all he needs to do is enter consecrated ground. Enter the nearest chapel. Orcs disintegrate into a simmering pink blancmange of puddled flesh if they step near a chapel. Whytey will be fine n’ dandy cause we know what he is…wink wink

  • oglach

    Magnificentseven says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:51
    oglach says:

    21 February, 2012 at 19:46

    Police to allow potential title decider at Ibrox!!!

    Oglach….there will be NO title decider………………..hopefully a title clincher though :-)

    —————
    You are of course correct – my mistake how could i forget that minor detail!!!

  • The Spirit of Arthur Lee

    The Mega Bores open the Brits

  • Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly

    Furthest point from Ibrox…………wherever Whytie’s hidin’ !

  • Celticbhoy

    In the year they were going for 10-in-a-row they held a prseason friendly of the blues v the whites (first team v second team) the daily record had the headline Which of these two teams will win the league?

    THESE ARE GOOD DAYS

  • ArranmoreBhoyLXV11

    Hamiltontim..

    Ditto ,though on the football run with junior ABs… I quite like the peace in the car!! Of course I don’t text and drive!

    HH

  • RogueLeader

    Am I the only one who surmised from Jabbas comments that Rangers no longer own Ibrox?

  • wonkyradar

    Bacl ontp that fecking ipod

    Pardon the typos

  • Len Brennan

    iPaddy McCourt says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:54
    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    You were the billy boys

    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    Our hearts are filled with joy

    (ok someone help me out with the next bit!)

    ====

    We’ve been up to our knees in all your sh*t
    for far to f*cking long
    So hurry up and die billy boys!

    HH
    /Bishop B

  • Pearcesdad

    DUSHANBE BHILLY BHOY says:

    Thanks, a great memory of a wonderful time.

  • hamiltontim

    Furthest point from Ibrox?

    Deacon Blue

  • jockcfc

    AndyM says:
    21 February, 2012 at 20:00
    iPaddy McCourt says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:54
    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    You were the billy boys

    Goodbye! Goodbye!
    Our hearts are filled with joy

    (ok someone help me out with the next bit!)

    Your up to your knees in invoices
    Defaulted and you died

    You were the bigot billy boys

    (Repeat with gusto)

    …………………………………………………..
    what about
    goodbye goodbye
    the huns are going to die
    goodbye goodbye
    the huns are going to die
    their up to there knees in lawyer fees
    and we love to watch them cry
    jelly and ice cream when they die

  • bjmac

    DUSHANBE BHILLY BHOY says:
    21 February, 2012 at 19:57

    Sorry, that is what I meant (how did that comma get there), I met Saltires when on a training course early last month – Top bloke, he spoke highly of you – could only remember the Bhilly bhoy part of your name.

    Anyway, a friend of a friend ;-)

    hh

    bjmac

    PS He said you’ve to calm down ;-)

  • thehuddlehound

    Mick says:
    21 February, 2012 at 18:00
    MGS 05s2—- Any ideas?

    Mick – that pic can’t be from the Rangers deal. Only today Craig Whyte told us that that deal is only for 3 years of tickets, not 4.

  • Len Brennan

    jockcfc says:
    21 February, 2012 at 20:04

    Take a bow my mhan.
    Total class.

    jelly&icecreamcsc

    HH
    /Bishop B

  • oglach

    Do not really listen to Clyde too much, apart from these last few days, but is anyone else of the opinion that Jim Delahunt is quietly enjoying the Huns plight. I especially liked him telling the Hurtin’ Hun who complained about the Poppy Banner to write to PL for an explanation.

  • jockcfc

    Len Brennan says:
    21 February, 2012 at 20:05
    jockcfc says:

    thank you…

  • jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/

    Daz asks Celtic fan “what he was doing on the ff website anyway”? Then Delahunt says “I was on it too and saw that stuff” Oh ma sides are crackin!!

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