SFA unsure of own rules


Celtic Quick News readers have assumed SFA rules apply to all clubs, including Rangers.  It is therefore, a surprise to read the BBC report today that the associations lawyers are “unsure” if Articles of Association rule 10.2, which prohibits someone (in this case, Paul Murray) becoming a director of a club if they have previously been a club director “within the five-year period preceding such club having undergone an insolvency event”, which includes administration and liquidation, should it arise.

The SFA are “unsure”.  Heaven help us.

The rules are clear, those who have been directors of Rangers during the past five years are not eligible to be a director of a Scottish club without appeal to the SFA board for discretionary dispensation.  It is preposterous for the association to be unsure on this matter.

If they are asked to consider Paul Murray as a Fit and Proper person, his record as director of Rangers should be examined.  As we explained on Saturday, Murray was director in the spring of 2010 when Rangers were issued with a £24m tax demand plus £12m interest.

Instead of curtailing budget the following season by selling players to mitigate the threat to the club’s survival, the board Murray served on authorised a £4m spend on Nikica Jelavic in August 2010.  If they had taken the responsible long-term view, they could have cut budget, realised significant levels of cash, prepared for the outcome of the tax tribunal and seen off any asset-stripping takeover.

The SFA really need to get a grip of their own rules. They appear intent on pretending Scottish football is not in crisis.

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  1. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    no shit sherlock award indeed, cheers


    for the belly laugh


    stupid huns

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

    Vmhan Supporting Lenny! on 13 March, 2012 at 10:00 said:


    Test from kindle,






    Can you access CQN via kindle? If so how do you get the link?







  3. There may be trouble ahead



    But while there’s music and moonlight and love and romance



    Let’s face the music and dance




  4. Mike Farrell ‏ @mikefstv Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    South African tax authorities look into Rangers takeover pledge by director Dave King bit.ly/ziLvzm


    Retweeted by RhebelRhebel



    Oh Dear another Knight falls by the wayside in the search for the Unholy Grail…

  5. Hamiltontim – seems he is just doing what any reporter would do and sniff out a story.



    it makes for interesting reading and i think it highlights the fact that the huns have no friends amoung the fans….the boardrooms are a different matter.

  6. Its all getting really messy for the Orcs and SFA.



    Now the South African tax man is looking into the Orcs fakeover pledge by Dodgy Dave King; from @mikefstv on twitter



    This is getting better and better.

  7. Good Article, Paul.


    However, I can’t see why you’re so surprised really. What you say of course is perfectly correct, but we all know, or should know, the SFA and all’ it’s other guises are only here to look after the interests of Protestant Scotland and rainjurs are at the forefront of that. Of course they are unclear as to the rules because they bloody well know the consequence of the same rule. But they will huff and puff and send out all sorts of ambiguous horse-Kak set against smoke and mirrors so that everyone will be so confused they will end up with hun being unofficial champions again!! Cringeworthy stuff but reality nonetheless.



    Hail Hail




  8. Mike Farrell ‏ @mikefstv Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    Sars and its lawyers have had their ‘attention drawn’ to Mr King’s statement on Rangers situation last week bit.ly/ziLvzm


    Retweeted by andybhoy



    Pit that in yer pipe and smoke it Dave…

  9. heres whats being said in the last hour






    alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    And suggested there might be a perceived conflict of interest in his current position until the investigations are complete


    49m alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    all because I put their own statement back to them that Campbell Ogilvie denied knowing about EBTs at Rangers…


    49m alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    Interesting SFA have just accused me of ‘lying’, ‘pig-headedness’ and then put the phone down mid-conversation….


    1h alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    SFA say their President Campbell Ogilvie ‘has no plans to stand aside from his job pending current Rangers probes…


    1h alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    SFA say their President and fmr Ranger secretary Campbell Ogilvie will not be interviewed by c4news about what he knew…


    1h alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    When we asked why not – thaty was his job – SFA said they didn’t know.


    1h alex thomson ‏ @alextomo Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    SFA told #c4news Campbell Ogilvie ‘did not know’ about EBT contract when he was Rangers FC secretary?

  10. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    obonfanti1888 @11:41



    Credit where credit’s due! This is a massive leap forward in Scottish journalism – until today the prime objective has been to avoid associating the word “Rangers” with any of the 1000 billion crimes committed by that “great institution’s” directors/ board members, employees, players, general staff, and last but not least, supporters.


    But I fear that BBC fellow will get a rap in the knuckles for this.

  11. Can’t the footballing governing bodies, the press and those politicians who comment on the RFC situation just get a bit of integrity for goodness sake!



    Until we see a fair application of the SPL and SFA rules consistent with past precedents in relation to Rangeds then we’re left to conclude that SFA + SPL + MSM + political establishment = RFC protection racket, Scotland’s very own footballing / cultural (euphemistic!) Cosa Nostra.

  12. imaginger on 13 March, 2012 at 11:48 said:




    I have to confess at being more than a little surprised by the response of non Celtic fans to the hun situation. I’d expected Aberdeen, Hibs and possibly Dundee Utd supporters to be of a similar mindset to us. However, it would appear, from what I’ve heard and read, that there is a growing groundswell amongst the fans of other SPL clubs that there must be a sufficient and appropriate punishment to meet the crimes of the last decade.



    Persuading the chairmen that the this is the correct and justified course of action is another matter all together.

  13. McNair is the greatest on

    Is Alex Thomson or Thommo to his mates the new hunskelper? Go get get them Thommo!!!!!

  14. paul67



    every angle must be covered by us dmurray. king. p murray .walter .ally Campbell Ogilvie ,SFA, SPL, SFL, awe the players fae the last 15 years ,


    what about joe lewis???? maybe hes got some info on ebts/contracts

  15. The Loyal Cardigan has endorsed Paul Murray’s takeover.



    Great! but as he is not the majority shareholder, who cares what he endorses…

  16. Brilliant, Paul, don’t allow the Cheats one inch to wriggle out of this.



    On an unrelated matter (pretending that any matter can be truly unrelated to the famous Glasgow Celtic), does anyone know of a trustworthy and affordable web-designer? Perhaps email mr_larry_reid@yahoo.co.uk if you do.



    This Bhoy needs some help to get his honest endeavour off the ground. If I make a success of it, I will pay my taxes.

  17. No Bobby Does It Petta on

    TBB’s piece from Saturday would be good background for Alex Thompson. Does anyone know if he has seen it / been sent it ???

  18. Gordon_J



    Hugh Adam says everyone in the Rangers boardroom knew. This means Campbell Ogilvie knew there was mischief afoot at the day job when he donned his SFA hat. It means that, even if it wasn’t he who rubber-stamped Rangers’ suitability to misrepresent Scotland in European competition, he knew that Rangers ought not to have received that approval.



    If it comes down to Hugh’s word against Campbell’s, Hugh does have the disadvantage of actually having a first name for a first name, but it defies logic that the secretary of Rangers should not know enough about what was going on to recognise a conflict. It’s no shock that he did nothing about it and just pretended all was well, but he must have known in his heart of hearts that this was coming back to bite him one day.

  19. South Of Tunis on

    Very fit and proper .



    Craig Whyte


    Andrew Elllis


    Gary Withey


    Dave King


    Paul Murray..



    Where is the uncertainty about that lot ? —–other than the uncertainty about where Gary Withey , The Company Secretary of a Company in Administration is ?

  20. Sunburst on 13 March, 2012 at 11:13 said:



    Never under estimate the influence of a funny handshake from a ‘brother’.


    Their oath to protect each others’ interests is unbreakable.




    Couldn’t argue with the thrust of your point but I have watched a 100% Masonic clique unravel and it is the funniest thing. They stick together like limpets until one breaks away –in the case I saw, the police had arrested 2 of a club committee who had been embezzling and the other ten then all started talking to save their own skins.



    “I only did it a wee bit! They made me do it! I thought it was legal! etc. etc.”



    The saying about “when thieves fall out” applies to the brethren more than ordinary folks.

  21. Row z


    first used it this morning, it was already in favourites, its my wife’s.


    I assume she typed cqn into the web browser then added it to fav’s.


    This particular kindle works just like an iphone, for downloading apps, Facebook etc, its like an ipad only a lot cheaper.



  22. Snake Plissken on

    They’d be better asking for help from the Knights that say “nee” and get those shrubbery bushes.

  23. pah, forget the blue knights!!!



    tommy glasgow ‏ @tommyinglasgow Reply Retweet Favorite · Open


    have no fear scottish football,another busted flush called the blue knights has been outed,but my green knight consortium wait in the wings


    Who is Val Doonican.



    Simon Cowell in disguise?



    And who is Simon Cowell?



    If he doesn’t support Celtic…he doesn’t count.

  25. sixtaeseven: No NewCo in SPL and it's Non-Negotiable! on

    The SFA have rules: those that are “Sure” and those that are “Hunsure”.

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