SFA-Ogilvie statement of inaction while SPL split looms

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?

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  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    Is the technicality due to the fact that Craig Whyte appointed them but as he is no longer considered owner (someone please qualify that for me how this can happen as he owns 85% of the shares) that they need to get the court to either put them back into administration with Craig Whyte in situ or remove him …. and if they did remove him …. who replaces him ?

    I think the court might chew on D&P backside for a while

  • greenmaestro

    If RFCiA revert to TFOD for a while, it would be great to see MBB walking back into Poundland until Admin Day 2.

    Wonder how the MSM would spin that one?

  • The Spirit of Arthur Lee

    Go Go Paul

  • may67


  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    Sir David Murray perhaps ????

    Hail Hail

  • greenmaestro

    sphincters will be pinched over at the SFA

  • sparkleghirl

    If they’re not in administration for a technicality – any idea what the technicality is?

    One of their creditors (HMRC) asked for administration yet somehow either Rangers, D&P or the court have messed it up?

    What will these superstars feel having reluctantly taken a 75% pay cut to find that actually, they’re not in administration’

    Is that why they tried to register Cousin, because they had rigged it to not really be in administration?

    So many Qs. have to go out for a couple of hours so will catch up later. Hope there are some answers by then.

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo


    that mob will steal anything

    Hail Hail

  • Bring Me The Heid of Thunder Crap Reid

    Dog with a bone, Paul.

    Don’t let go !

  • greenjedi

    Not in Administration????

    Can those thick halfwits at Ipox do nothing properly!

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    Paul67, RTC guy, Phil

    I love you all

    Hail HAil

  • Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

    Campbell Ogilvie and the Krankies? What??

    Was he doing their contracts too?

  • greenmaestro


  • Bhoy Fett

    Oh dear Chick

  • obonfanti1888

    Anyone else notice that Ogilvie, unlike Murray, doesn’t pass any comment on the legality of EBT’s? To me that statement is the biggest “it wisnae me” you could get!

    Often what’s left unsaid is more important than whats said!

    Though seriously, just how corrupt does Scottish football look at the moment?

    We need UEFA to step in, and fast.

  • celticrollercoaster says In Neil we trust

    CO says “I ceased being Company Secretary in 2002 and became General Secretary responsible for football strategy, in effect becoming the main point of contact between the club and the respective league and governing bodies.”

    CO doesn’t say ” I however continued to be a company director until 30/11/2005, and as such had a number of fidicuary and statutory duties, whilst I was a member of the executive board, but my EBT was ok boys, as I was not a player, and I turned a wee blind eye to the others as we r the peepil…”



  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
    Lay a little egg for me.
    Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
    I want one for my tea.
    I haven’t had an egg since Easter,
    And now it’s half past three.
    So, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
    Lay a little egg for me.

  • RogueLeader

    Awe_Naw – We may well be barking at the wrong guy but his actions up till now leave him wide open. In fact to me that statement today read like he knows everything being spoken about is true and there are issues regarding player registration. Serious issues.

    A pre-emptive “it wisnae me it wiz a bigger boy”

  • Mort

    Problem with their administration is that the directors of Rangers didn’t inform the Financial Services Authority (FSA) before going into administration as they should have. D&P have now notified the FSA and have applied to Court of Session to get their appointment as administrators re-ratified on Monday 19th March.


  • matty6721

    Its begining to look like every man for himself with the old rankers board, wont be long before one of them breaks cover and the blame game starts.

  • gerry

    Poor wee chick, made to look a fool ……..again.

  • RobertTressell

    What’s this about them not being in administration? Have I missed something?

    Paul67 – waiting on Platini may prove to be like waiting for Godot…..

  • mearns 2 milton

    May have already been answered so prior sorries from me – Can I have e-mail details for UEFA?

  • The Spirit of Arthur Lee

    Will they get deducted another 10 points?

  • RaRaRasputin

    The best bit of CO’s statement is:

    “As confirmed by Sir David Murray today, it was never my role to negotiate contracts during my time at Rangers.”

    He was clearly so desparate to deny something that he had to plump for negotiating player contracts, something that is completely tangential to the discussion at hand.

    Campbell, when you were “the main point of contact between the club and the respective league and governing bodies” were all payments made to players of the club declared to the respective league and governing bodies as per the rules with which we are now all intimately acquainted?

    If Rangers aren’t in administration and I was HMRC I’d be requesting a winding up order right about now.

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo


    fantastic delaying tactics ….. to ensure that the hun is still alive at the time of the FFT announcement ?

    Cant imagine HMRC complaining too much

    Hail Hail

  • RobertTressell

    Mort – how did you answer my question before I asked it? Thanks all the same. Interesting.

    Is this the error that Paul67 alluded to a week or two back when he said something about them already being at fault with the process? I wonder.

    And do they get their points back for the weekend?


    So, who will be the first MSM hack to say the SPL should give the hun their 10 points back……..

  • RogueLeader

    Imagine you were a Policeman.

    You then get promoted to be in charge of a whole department. Your new department is tasked with investigating a crime. The crime was committed on your old patch, by your old team. Not only that you then admit that you too participated in the alleged crime.

    You can just stay in charge of your new team as long as you don’t get involved in the major investigation going on. That’s grand.

    It is on Planet SFA

  • JamsieBhoy

    Paul I think you went over the top bringing the Krankies (Scottish Entertainment Gods) good name into this torrid affair. Surely you do not thing they where part of the EBT club as well?

  • Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon


    So they couldn’t even go into administration properly? Brilliant.

    Perhaps they should bring in those clowns from yesterday to run things? Well, they couldn’t do much worse/

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    They can get themselves to F if they think I am changing my Valentine Administration Day celebrations just for them …… unless the court sits in session on Saturday

    Hail HAil

  • Mort


    The fact that HMRC acquiesed to the request for D&P to be administrators suggests to me that they don’t really care what happens to Rangers in the meantime. They know there is no saving the company and better for someone else to pull the trigger.

    To the poster who suggested that they were halfwits, that is incredibly unkind to halfwits.


  • RobertTressell

    I wonder if just how much looking stupid so rangers can save face people like Chick Young and his chums can do.

    A lot I’ll wager.

  • The Lizard King


    Have the EBT payments to players not ceased as of last year (be good to have this confirmed)? I seem to remember when Papac signed his new one year deal. That removed the last “EBT” player.

    Did the issue of player registrations for 20011/12 not relate to the question of whether the players who signed new contracts under Whyte, signed to Group not FC? The Nimmo inquiry should have revealed this, surely?



  • RobertTressell

    Mort if they had twice the wit they’d still not be halfwits

  • Poordeadking

    Excellent work, Paul67.

  • row z \o/ (O) whatever part of my club is dependent on rangers I am willing to lose!

    So that’s a straight 2 fingers to anyone daring to ask questions and a serious closing of ranks implicating others in the stand i.e. Regan and the full SFA Board.

    Time for Regan to decide if he wants to go down with the ship or whether he wants to front the mutiny. It’s his Fletcher Christian moment I think.


  • Raymac

    Im in Cracow reading back as fast as I can. Just discovered the hotel had internetaccess yesterday. Funny keyboard. Looks, however, as if its boiling up nicely. Some worms are on the hooks–still plenty to go. Ive a feeling Celtic will go to war on this one,no-holds barred, and about time. Polish beer excellent, Polish women stunning, and Cracow is great. Nearly all speak very good English. Suggest we bunch up and send Jabba, Chic, and Dawwyll over for a crash course.

  • Che

    The Japanese authorities are pleased to announce that the earlier earthquake warning was in fact a false alarm, the increase in richter scale readings were in fact due to the SFA SPL and Scottish Media burying their respective heads in the sand at the one time.

  • Steinreignedsupreme

    God is toying with these Huns.

    I’d imagine everyone of the bigots punched the air with joy at the news regarding the exit from administration – only to get kicked full in the plums with the news they will be back in it before they play us…

  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo


    yup it seems that way. Tax man knows he is getting diddley squat


  • conzaloni

    Duff and Duffer football newest agents, genius idea renegotiate contract and not even in administration?
    Real professional org and we wonder why all the smoke and mirrors?

  • Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly

    wee chick made to look a fool.
    Shouldn’t that be “fowl”?
    Or even “foul”?

  • LuxCelt

    Chick Dung last night – “I can assure you that Campell Ogilvie never knew anything about any EBTs. All the Admin stuff was outsourced at great expense to Murray Group….” or words to that effect.

    C Ogilvie today – “I was aware of the EBT scheme in operation at Rangers during my time at the club and, indeed, was a member.”

    I hope one of the UK-based Bhoys rings up tonight and tears Dung a new one!!!! Journalist? What a fheckin joke….

  • Mort

    Did you know that Craig Whyte is dyslexic?

    He was told he had to notify the FSA but instead notified the SFA.
    He was also told about the EBT problem with HMRC but thought it was something to do with a BET.

    Poor man


  • Ron Bacardi

    If they are deemed not be in administration then they will judged to be operating on an insolvent basis and are up the creek

  • Steinreignedsupreme

    Paul67 -

    More great work today, China.

    It is all starting to unravel. Keep up the pressure.

  • Folly Folly

    Go, Paul, Go…

    All that missing now is an Alexander Butterfield or Mark Felt type character to step up to the mike …


  • Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

    A BBC Journalist that you guys are paying for .. so its your fault really

    Hail Hail

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