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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  1. johann murdoch on

    Wonder what mr bluenose the clown thinks of all of this?



    *spins bow tie and empties big pockets with sad face*

  2. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    And a ludge member to boot, no doubt.

  3. traditionalist88 on

    Can anyone confirm what needs to happen for us to officially win the league at the big house? They need to drop points, Motherwell need to drop points(lose?) along with us winning on the 25th?!



    Party whatever happens I say.




  4. The Lizard King on

    5th generation on 14 March, 2012 at 17:22 said:


    Every competition that Rangers have played in is potentially affected. And since they all have different rules, and their own governance frameworks, they should all being looking to do some investigation – or at least agree a single investigatory exercise then share the results but to a common Terms of Reference to make efficient use of resource.



    So that is the SFA, SPL, SFL and UEFA.



    Hiding behind the FTT is also an epic fail, as it is feasible that payments to players at Rangers breached no tax rules not still breached football rules.



    An ex-director (Adams) and major newspaper (The Sun) have both had evidence and claims published that Rangers broke football registration rules. Surely this is sufficient for immediate investigation?







  5. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    There’s not a team like the Glasgow Ruingers


    no any mair


    no any mair

  6. TerryONeill Neil ah love yae on

    Auldheid,praise indeed,as another famous sleuth would have said elementary my dear Watson.

  7. SuperSutton on 14 March, 2012 at 17:26 said:


    From the excellent blog:










    (Hope this link works —> http://tinyurl.com/8ayjqjv )




    Ta to yet another intrepid CQN’r. The above seems to equal BOOM!


    Temperature cooling here.

  8. The Lizard King on

    “Hiding behind the FTT is also an epic fail, as it is feasible that payments to players at Rangers breached no tax rules BUT still breached football rules.”







  9. Campbell Ogilvie neatly forgets to remind us that publishing the existence of the EBT scheme in the annual accounts does not provide any information about who received payments or for how much – this is clearly opaque transparency




  10. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    Off topic but,



    Chelsea v Napoli setup for a classic tonight. Come on Napoli! Couple of great players in their team, I’m sure cavani and lavezzi will be snapped up by bigger clubs before long

  11. Saturday 14th


    Again, another uneventful somewhat boring day. My weight is 58.25 kgs, and no medical complaints. I read the papers, which are full of trash.


    Tonight’s tea was pie and beans, and although hunger may fuel my imagination (it looked a powerful-sized meal), I don’t exaggerate: the beans were nearly falling off the plate. If I said this all the time to the lads, they would worry about me, but I’m all right.


    It was inviting (I’m human too) and I was glad to see it leave the cell. Never would I have touched it, but it was a starving nuisance. Ha! My God, if it had have attacked, I’d have fled.


    I was going to write about a few things I had in my head but they’ll wait. I am looking forward to the brief company of all the lads at Mass tomorrow. You never know when it could be the last time that you may ever see them again.


    I smoked some cigarettes today. We still defeat them in this sphere. If the Screws only knew the half of it; the ingenuity of the POW is something amazing. The worse the situation the greater the ingenuity. Someday it may all be revealed.


    On a personal note, Liam Og (the pseudonym for Bobby Sands’ Republican Movement contact on the outside), I just thought I’d take this opportunity tonight of saying to your good hard-working self that I admire you all out there and the unselfish work that you all do and have done in the past, not just for the H-Blocks and Armagh, but for the struggle in general.


    I have always taken a lesson from something that was told me by a sound man, that is, that everyone, Republican or otherwise, has his own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.


    There is that much to be done that no select or small portion of people can do, only the greater mass of the Irish nation will ensure the achievement of the Socialist Republic, and that can only be done by hard work and sacrifice.


    So, mo chara, for what it’s worth, I would like to thank you all for what you have done and I hope many others follow your example, and I’m deeply proud to have known you all and prouder still to call you comrades and friends.


    On a closing note, I’ve noticed the Screws have been really slamming the cell doors today, in particular my own. Perhaps a good indication of the mentality of these people, always vindictive, always full of hate. I’m glad to say that I am not like that.


    Well, I must go to rest up as I found it tiring trying to comb my hair today after a bath.


    So venceremos, beidh bua againn eigin la eigin. Sealadaigh abu.


    (Translated, this reads as follows:)


    So venceremos, we will be victorious someday. Up the Provos.

  12. Steinreignedsupreme on

    ontheoneroad on 14 March, 2012 at 17:04 said:



    “With Brian Kennedy’s statement that he would step in and rescue rangers”



    His statement actually claims the opposite. The anus writing the story put up a headline that contradicts Kennedy’s quotes.

  13. stevenagebhoy on

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



    Aye; “They wan that broke the big telly an’ awa officer”. A familar plea from the blue beggars.

  14. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    Like I said , technically they were NOT in administration!!!



    Mon the HMRC , off to court now!

  15. Ron Bacardi on 14 March, 2012 at 17:06 said:




    I detect delaying tactics from SPL and SFA in hope that something can be done behind the scenes to save the huns








    ron thats all weve had since this administration ( or not ) took place . still think they are at it .




  16. BlantyreKev - Parcel=> on

    Anyone got a Radio Times? I’ve rubbed the life out of this one.



    Can things get any more ridiculous?



    D&P have screwed Whyte over, I would love him to front up on Monday to have them removed and HMRC’s nominated administrators put in their place. Couldn’t get any worse for him.



    Ogilvie’s statement is utterly damning. He is trying to distance himself from the contracts, proof absolute that we are about to have confirmed that the game is utterly corrupt. History will be very cruel to the cheats.



    Too late Campbell, you are as guilty as any.

  17. brendan-behan on

    A wee request to the CQN posse,


    got my self on a wee project,,,,,,,, and for the purpose of self edification


    can any one assist in pointing me where i can find a list of our player of the year recipients, over the last 40+ years???

  18. Silver City Neil Lennon on

    Surely the SPL and SFA have a duty to the team in 7th place. If there is any doubt about Rangers playing ineligable players, the situation should be dealt with before the split. Maybe they are getting at least a third derby out of us before doing the necessary.

  19. Terry O, Perhaps a wee call to Clyde uno tonight is in order?????


    I trust you are well apart from the extended waistline due to ice cream and jelly and Guinness:)?





  20. BlantyreKev - Parcel=> on

    brendan-behan on 14 March, 2012 at 17:54 said



    The Evening Times wee red book used to list them all, assume is still does.

  21. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on 14 March, 2012 at 17:28 said:




    SFA – pointless statements = delaying tactic whilst waiting/hoping for problem to disappear.



    SPL – only requesting documents now. WTF? What have they been doing for the last few weeks – S(weet)FA?








    more wee titbits for alex thompson perhaps. hope the shredder hasnt had them first



    jimtim .

  22. Alex Thomson from Ch 4 shone a spotlight from outside this wee bigoted nation ,So thanks Alex for joining the fight.



  23. johann murdoch on

    If you were a creditor large or small what’s to stop you arresting monies due to rangers tomorrow or Friday ?



    For example spl tv monies due at the season end or say monies due from away ticket sales from another teams considerable huge travelling support? (should the game go ahead of course)..wonder if Dundee and vlad might see this as an opportune moment ?

  24. Paul67



    I am sure that you are aware that Michel Platini may not read this current thread.



    Do you know if he is likely to be informed imminently about these issues,indeed will he even care?



  25. Bob LobLaw



    Sorry, was away from the desk. I too noticed the slight discrpency but having checked Companies House, there is not a single company registered in the UK with the name The Rangers Group Limited so presumably the “FC” was inadvertently left off the letter to court. Another mistake by these wonderful administrators.




  26. We really do miss QC Paul McBride.



    There was no one better at taking these people to task.



    I hope Celtic are trying to replace him with the next best person.




  27. Kilbowie Kelt on

    Be still & know that I am God.



    BE STILL & know that I am God.



    Be STILL & KNOW that I am GOD.



    How long have we waited for THIS DAY.



    A huge THANK YOU to Paul & that whole magnificent Celtic resistance which has brought the outrage that is Scottish football to the attention of the world.



    Brother Walfrid would be proud of you.

  28. Wouldn’t like to be a Swiss football administrator this season either. This lifted from the Guardian ‘The Knowledge’:



    “”I have a question related to the current craziness which is the Swiss Axpo Super League. In the current season, being walked by high-flying Champions League underdogs FC Basel, Xamax Neuchâtel have been declared bankrupt over Christmas and have been automatically relegated to the third division, while Servette Geneva have just gone into administration. At the same time FC Sion have been deducted 36 points after their drawn-out battle with Uefa and the Swiss Football League for fielding unregistered players on multiple occasions. So in the case that Servette would also be forced into relegation, Sion would be in the unique situation that they could potentially not be relegated with the grand total of -1 points (their current standing). Would this be the lowest number of points a team has ever received without being relegated?”






    Campbell Ogilvie? Head of Existential Crises at the Swiss FA on line 1!!

  29. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    In a hand written statement from Sir David Murray,Ogilvie said “……..

  30. Hahaha Keevins starts off with stating how we live in a day and age where others will not accept others statements, Jim Duffy goes onto question David Murrays statement. Pathetic.

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