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. i just saw gabriella marcotti in milan airport , clevr guy he is. i said what you think abiut the rangers. he said STUPID HUNS

  2. There is no integrity at the SFA. Campbell Ogilvie has had days to outline his position.



    Time to detail what payments he got at Rangers. How much in salary, how much in EBTs. When these payments were made , for what and who authorised them.



    What exactly does he know about payments to players and staff. Again what was the decision making process.



    Why he feels justified in remaining at the SFA when he would be a prime witness in any investigation.



    What we get is half truths and no detail. This is his final attempt at hoping this will all go away.



    It will not go away Campbell.

  3. So the SFA have asked the huns to send them all of the paperwork related to contracts?



    Is this not an admission that the club has not fully declared its contrcts in the past?



    Perhaps the President of the SFA could advise?

  4. Paul67,



    What can I say, marvellous work and I am sure your genuine diligence is going to pay handsome dividends soon when this whole stinkin corrupt shower of bigoted scum are exposed for what they are. Liars and cheaters.



    Theres many more people who have fought this good fight and been crucial in bringing this corruption to light and not only from CQN.



    I think it is just about to break and it will be a truly great celebration and one that will sit nicely alongside a Treble (hopefully) this season.



    The press would have known so many stories about Tiger Woods but they never went with them until the door was opened. I think this will be similar and once that door is opened a whole lot of skeletons are going to fall out of “the big cupboard”. :)

  5. Remember Lorenzo Amoruso



    He was caught and convicted of a speeding offence back in 2001. He was doing 92mph on a dual carrigeway.



    He was fined £260 and allowed to pay it in £25 installments.



    When questioned about his wages (as this determined the amount of the fine) he said that he was “unable, for contractual reasons connected to my profession” to give details of his salary.







  6. Sniveller & Snuffy : ersatz Q.C.’s for Grand Master Ogilvie. This is mundo loco territory.




    Otherwise,I’d go radio rental.


    Jeezo…Sniveller is almost twisting his melon accomodating the contradictions in his tiny mind. Snuffy being his straight man.

  7. Good evening friends.



    Mort @ 18:15 – another great find! Throw-away lines from 10 years ago now make a lot more sense.




  8. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    If anyone is going on the Clyde Phone In, please confront Keevins with two words – Jim Farry. Why should anyone accept the word of the President of the SFA given past form? Farry was also a first class administrator. He gave his word he had no case to answer on Jorge Cadete but the courts found out differently.



    Please someone Keevins neeeds to be knocked off his pompous high horse. Ogilvie should step aside – out of the building – until this whole matter is resolved. Keevins will defend Ogilvie all night. He has clearly forgotten about the precedent of Farry. Let’s see his reaction.

  9. Why am I wasting this part of my life listening to this drivel. They still think that Paul Murray and the balloonites will come to the rescue.

  10. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Did i just hear Chick Young say that Sir Minty has a masterplan?????



    Pass me the sick bucket!




    Hail hail

  11. The OriganilSadiesBhoy 18.19


    Fantastic point pleassssssssse someone nail keevins to the floor with the words Jim Farry.



  12. Auld Neil Lennon heid on 14 March, 2012 at 17:24 said:




    5th Generation


    Celtic will have alerted UEFA, patience.







    ANLH. you have kept me right over the past months . but many other fellow tims on here find it hard to follow what is actually going on . one thing we all have in common is that we all want to see them and their friends GONE.ASAP. Please celtic you are dealing with snakes of the highest order .dont take your eye off them for a second .




  13. If The Darnel are not in Administration,and they no longer need to go into administration then there is an arguement that they should get their 10 points back.



    No ?




  14. malarkey



    Work away



    I’m trying to get the actual court reports from the time but it appears our uni library isn’t subscribed to any scottish law databases.




  15. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    Reposted from last article, cos I took so long to do it.



    It is very simple (he said laughingly).


    It’s all about two separate but connected issues;


    1. EBTs and tax liability.


    2. EBT payments to players being disclosed to SFA/SPL



    1. Properly administered EBTs are not problematic, but in the hands of the unscrupulous they provide a loophole that some exploited for tax evasion reasons.


    RFCIA were clearly running their earlier EBT as a tax evasion device and thus admitted liability for 2.8m in dodged taxes.


    Their second scheme was more sophisticated and refined, clearly in an effort to sail as close to the legal wind as possible, while maximising the tax saving/evasion benefits to them and to the players. However, HMRC assessed their scheme and viewed it still as tax evasion and presented them with the assessment.



    2. From Paul’s last article, and directly from SFA/SPL artciles, any payments to players (caveats included) need to be disclosed to the SFA/SPL, so as to avoid the under-the-counter culture for which football was infamous. IF, and only if, those EBTs were not disclosed to the SFA/SPL, there is a prima facie case to answer of improperly registered players by RFCIA. From McGill’s first strike defence as quoted by Paul, he makes it very clear that since RFCIA took the view that the EBT scheme was non-contractual, they did not reveal their existence to the SFA/SPL. Explaining that they were in the annual accounts actually makes McGill sound pathetic. It’s like saying to the cop who finds you with four bald tyres, “Well they were fine when I checked them.”



    RFCIA’s whole tax evasion defence strategy is based entirely on the premise that the EBTs were non-contractual, and so were not liable for tax. They are also presenting this as their defence to improperly registering players.



    David Murray’s commenst have all the precision and credibility of Clinton’s Lewinsky defence, and he too presents himself as a pathetic figure who was a victim.


    Ogilvie’s statements via Chick embarrassed him,Young and the BBC, but he did throw Murray’s organisation under the bus vis a vis the players contracts.


    McGill’s defence that he acted in good faith after advice means simply that he is passing the buck.



    Murray ran a dictatorship at RFCIA. We have plenty of evidence of that from Hugh Adam, Alistair Johnson, and others, plus of course the fawning MSM. They only fawned because bogie man Murray ostracised those who pushed back in away, and in the little world that is Scottish football journalism, being on the outside usually meant you were finished. Journalists, directors and managers who failed to tow the Murray line were persona non grata in Murrayland. Hugh Adam spoke of this ten years ago, and the outgoing board’s protests about MBB last year were ignored for precisely the same reasons. They were inconvenient to the grander Murray plan. All of this is the kind of passice aggresive behaviour and victimisation that dictators and bullies go in for.



    Nothing that happened in Murray’s extended empire occurred without Murray’s explicit sanction, and the mutterings from yesterday by all of them make that abundantly clear. All the evidence points back to Murray being heavily implicated and the excuses trotted out yesterday endorse that point.



    So, for fans of their club, everything that has gone wrong was accidental, the fault of others, and incidental to the otherwise excellent management of the club. The owner isn’t to blame, neither were/are the directors. The club will carry on, but only of you give more of your money.



    David Murray – liar, conman,still lying. Implicated in wrongdoing, not fit & proper


    Craig Whyte – liar, conman, still lying. Implicated in wrongdoing, not fit & proper


    Paul Murray – liar and puppet, still lying. Very conlicted, not fit & proper


    Alistair Johnson – dupe, puppet, very conflicted and not fit & proper


    John McClelland – dupe, puppet, very conflicted and not fit & proper,


    RC Ogilvie – liar, puppet, dupe, incompetent. Very, very conflicted. Not fit & proper.




  16. You know the sad thing. We are paying for Young to spout his total crap. A complete joke figure.

  17. what a night in Jordan. hard to put into words how i feel. the company arranged for 5 guys to play a local team at an all weather pitch that was given to the locals by the queen. we turned up & there was atleast 100 locals there to greet us. I spent about 15 minutes talking to the kids about Celtic, Football & what players they loved. we lost 5-4 & i scored the goals, not only were the crowd cheering our goals the kids were shouting celtic celtic when i got the ball, 1 kid even removed his football shirt the team was wearing to show me a celtic home top with samaras on the back. what a great reception we recieved from the people here & we were all surrounded at the end with kids and adults shaking our hands. The people here tonight were awesome & the celtic family grows & grows. proud to be a tim.

  18. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    How can Chick Young speak,,,,with his tongue stuck straight up Mintys A**ehole????



    Hail hail

  19. Daryll King now describing the side letters as ‘letters of intent’.


    Oh my how they have banded together to get their story right. It’s so obvious. Wagons being circled.


    As for Keevins, OMG….no-one is allowed to question anything about Ranjurs or the SFA.

  20. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon on 14 March, 2012 at 18:13 said:




    So the SFA have asked the huns to send them all of the paperwork related to contracts?



    Is this not an admission that the club has not fully declared its contrcts in the past?



    Perhaps the President of the SFA could advise?







    hi gordon . should the sfa not have asked for these contracts ages ago . why do you think they didnt .




  21. Keevins shut down by a lawyer – cmon the lawyers hahahaha



    Note – Its okay for Keevins & Co. to be sceptical however the internet bampots cannot.

  22. The Prince of Goalkeepers on




    It has long been my view that if the SPL get a whiff of incorrectly registered players in relation to this season, they would invalidate Rangers FC (In Administration)’s results this season and relegate them to division one. If they then liquidate during the close season it becomes somebody else’s problem, with the likely outcome being they spend one season in Division one and then are back in the SPL for 2013-14 season. No points deductions for a number of seasons, no drop to division 3, no money for HMRC…it would be as if it never happened.

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  24. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    How long till Hugh says the word “Sinister”



    I say in the next 20 mins!!



    Hail hail

  25. and he is back up,lips looking a wee bit choclaty though. Talks more sh&&e than a hundred ar$es

  26. Serge – 9 goals, that’s some display young fella:0) keep up the good missionary work.





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