SFA president, Campbell Ogilvie, today issued a statement through the SFA website amid a growing clamour for action over the on-going controversy over the alleged improper registration of players at Rangers during the time he was company/general secretary and director.
It will be an enormous disappointment to the BBC journalist who gave him solid backing only yesterday, to hear the president admit that he benefited from the now-infamous Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme, however, this will not be news to any of you. Without wanting to be cynical, this feels like we are being fed a completely irrelevant headline while the real matter at hand was yet again not addressed. Perhaps we should be grateful the gratuitous but irrelevant headline didn’t involve the Krankies.
Ogilvie completely refused to acknowledge or address the question of improper registration of players, instead referring to an incomplete list of his duties at Rangers.
The SPL split will happen in 25 days at which point fixtures will be arranged for the top and bottom six in the league. This issue has to be investigated, reported and perhaps appealed all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, before then. Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and St Mirren are currently battling for seventh place, if it was found that Rangers played improperly registered players this season, they could stand to lose enough points to demote them to the bottom half of the table.
The SFA cannot continue to sleep on the job. While Ogilvie’s position as president is important, he is a sideshow to enabling Scottish football to finish the season on time.
The SFA, the SPL, the game itself is in enormous crisis. Michel Platini, where are you? How bad does it need to get before you get involved?