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Ogilvie admits “might have signed some documents”

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Campbell Ogilvie was interviewed in today’s Scotland on Sunday but he singularly failed to deflect the central criticism of him continuing as president of the SFA despite being a director of Rangers during the period they introduced the controversial EBTs and, allegedly, illegally registered players with the SFA, which Ogilvie was also a director of.

Interviewer, Andrew Smith, asked “Can you see there being an issue with you being SFA president at a time when there is an ongoing SPL investigation into non-disclosure of payments at Rangers that you are directly linked to?  You were a director and the secretary who signed off the accounts in November 2001.  At that time the EBT scheme was in operation and players were receiving payments that weren’t in their contracts.”

Ogilvie’s response laid bare how inappropriate the situation is: “I was secretary up until 2002. That’s correct. I was a director, that’s correct.”

All he could do in response to the question of how inappropriate his job as SFA president is when Rangers are under investigation for non-disclosure of payments he was “directly linked to” is confirm he was a secretary and director.  He didn’t even offer a counter argument.

It was as though he’d been coached, badly, about what to do when you are asked a question you don’t want to answer.  Simply not answering the question and making an irrelevant statement treats Scottish football fans like fools.

The truth is he did not and cannot answer the question.  If Campbell Ogilvie cannot argue why there is not an issue for him continuing to be SFA president, why is he still SFA president?

Ogilvie confirmed that in March he told Andrew Smith that there were no side contracts and insisted this was “the case to the best of my knowledge”, despite Smith referring him to the recent BBC documentary, the assertions of which have not been challenged.

Readers would have been confused by this ‘knowledge’, that there were no side contracts as Ogilvie immediately denied involvement with player contracts.

This duel position, bearing witness that there were no side contracts, while denying knowledge of player contracts, is wholly inconsistent and, in itself, reasons enough to for his dismissal.

One of the most intriguing comments from Ogilvie was “I might have signed some documents from time to time.  I certainly didn’t do the player negotiations, I didn’t do the contracts.”

He “might have signed some documents from time to time”.  Oh dear.

If he signed some documents active in this scandal “from time to time”, for pity sake, just go.  Pack your bags, apologise profusely and get out of Scottish football.

We await to hear who conducted the inquiry into Ogilvie which allowed Stewart Regan to clear Ogivlie, but if this shoddy testimony informed their decision, the scandal at the heart of the SFA has taken on a new dimension.

Rumours that the SFA did not conduct an inquiry into Campbell Ogilvie and that chief exec, Stewart Regan, spoke inappropriately in order to save the skin of his pal, remain unfounded.

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  1. nire time off school for Collum..

     

     

    so its ok to take snivling little swines out of school during term time if they are not pupils..

  2. tommytwiststommyturns on

    SOAL – yer welcome mate!

     

    Torres is such a pale shadow of the player at Liverpool.

     

     

    Davie Dodds

  3. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    bournesouprecipe on 10 June, 2012 at 18:36 said:

     

    An ole David Bowie favourite Polish chart topper – “Let’s Gdansk”

     

     

    Twas outsold however by Men Without Hat’s ‘Safe Gdansk’

     

     

  4. Torres..i have never seen the form of a footballer fall so far with no sign of improvement ….

     

     

    what happened to the goal machine ….perhaps a pact with Lucifer ..signing for Chelsea

     

     

    nae wonder he doesn`t get a game …(probably score now )

  5. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on

    Fernando– only Henrik can do such things……………………

  6. Collum ….must have got the gig thro` his erchie licking of Uefa supremo Hun Dallas

  7. ….PFayr on 10 June, 2012 at 18:43 said:

     

     

    PF Do you mind??? eatin here:O(boak

  8. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Son of Warsaw

     

     

    You had better explain that one to our younger posters!

  9. Magnificentseven on

    voguepunter on 10 June, 2012 at 18:47 said:

     

     

     

    How many players on park today have played

     

    at ole Parkheid?

     

     

     

    most of the football greats

  10. BiscuitTim on 10 June, 2012 at 18:48 said:

     

     

    He played a blinder for the huns.

  11. Snake Plissken on

    I would imagine both sides will be satisfied with a draw from that game.

     

     

    They will both believe they’ll beat the other two sides (rightly or wrongly).

  12. derbyshirebhoy on

    Excellent game. Thoroughly enjoyed.Let’s hope Ireland Croatia doesn’t disappoint.

  13. the long wait is over on

    It’s increasingly clear that in his roles at both Rangers and the SFA Ogilvie was expected to act as a cipher and did precisely that.

     

     

    At Rangers his doing so allowed Murray to do what he liked without challenge.

     

     

    At the SFA his doing so allowed Rangers to do what they liked without challenge , arguably exactly what he and his predecessors would have regarded as his main function in the role.

     

     

    I don’t care about his failure to discharge his obligations at Rangers but his equivalent failure at the SFA and , worse still, the fact that he remains in post is incredible.

     

     

    Is it any wonder Celtic fans and , I suspect, an increasing number of fans of other clubs consider Rangers and the SFA to be just about the same entity?

     

     

    Apart from anything else the SFA should answer this question –

     

     

    did Rangers pay compensation to the SFA – an organisation which hammered Celtic when TB left Kilmarnock to come to Celtic – when Walter Smith left them to go to Rangers?

     

     

    If not why not?

  14. Question: who would win in a fight to the death between Campbell Ogilvie and Stewart Reagan?

     

     

    Answer: Yes, we all would. :-))