SPL start inquiry while SFA pussyfoot


The Scottish Premier League has acted with clarity, issuing a statement today that they have instructed an inquiry into the alleged non-disclosure of payments to the league by Rangers since the inception of the SPL on 1 July 1998.

The SPL statement refers to rules to “impose a prohibition on players receiving payments for playing football or participating in an activity connected with football except where such payments are made in accordance with a form of contract approved by the SPL and require that all such contracts are submitted to the SPL within 14 days of being entered into.”

They helpfully link to The Rules of the SPL, which is sure to be one of the most read regulation documents in the world this week.

Compare and contrast this action with the goings-on at the Scottish Football Association.

SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, told Scotland on Sunday the association president, Campbell Ogilvie, is “heavily conflicted” on the subject of the investigation into Rangers and as such would not be a party to conclusions, saying, “Campbell won’t play any part in any meeting, discussion or conclusion on any activities surrounding Rangers”.

It would, of course, be helpful for Mr Ogilvie to tell his SFA colleges exactly what went on when he was general secretary and director of Rangers.  His evidence should be an integral part of the investigation, unless his memory is less effective than fellow ex-Rangers director, Hugh Adam.

Regan spent some of last week dismissing demands for a comment on allegations that Rangers have improperly registered football players for over a decade by suggesting matters concerning the club were under investigation, headed by Lord Nimmo Smith, which is due to report this week.  However, it appears that Nimmo Smith’s secret terms of reference do not include the most important question surrounding the club.  On the subject of improper registration, Regan said, “The board will meet to discuss it within a week or maybe slightly longer. Very, very quickly the board will get together to consider the facts.”

Scotland on Sunday’s Tom English induced a variety of reactive quotes from Regan.  Asked if the SFA would hold an inquiry into Rangers contracts, he said, “That will depend on the board’s view of the facts and what information is there. The situation is changing daily and new information is emerging all the time. We’ve got our hands on certain pieces of information and we’re exploring it and we’re asking for further information. By the time the board meets we will have a fuller picture and if it’s the board’s opinion that they want a fuller investigation then that will be an option. If they feel they have enough facts to draw some conclusions then that will be their decision.”

So now we know that Lord Nimmo Smith’s report is likely to ignore the main issue surrounding Rangers.  Without SFA clarification, we can only guess it will address the Fit and Proper suitability of Craig Whyte to own a football club, surely a complete waste of resources.

We also know that the association might still decide against investigating the evidence of Hugh Adam, The Sun newspaper, and various other journalists, that second contracts exist.

The SFA cannot be dragged along behind the story like this.  Like the SPL, it should issue an early statement of intent to investigate the serious allegations made about Rangers during their president’s time on the club’s board.

Step up, Mr Regan.

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  1. johann murdoch on

    DAY 22 in the the big hoose



    D&P are in the diary room



    “Hello hmrc”



    “Any savings yet D&P”



    “Er no………. but lots of fees”



    “You have failed this challenge..prepare for eviction..”

  2. The Token Tim on

    Right never mind the Huns (in administration)……..



    Who is trying to steal ma moniker??????????????





    THE Token Tim

  3. A few points this mornin



    1 fergus should unfurl the flag as he deserves to



    2 rangers are a disease that needs to be cut out of scottish football



    3 strange meeting yesterday by the spl is this a newco move



    4 Tom english spot on last night independent inquiry needed


    as our governing bodies are not fit for purpose



    5 is the sfl going to investigate pre 1998 titles

  4. Pardon the rant but Jabba’s programme last night was a pretty uninspired collection of contradictory quotes from the usual suspects don’t you think? I shouldn’t have expected much more I suppose.


    There were a couple of contributions that slipped through however. Ian Cathro the ex arab youth coach made reference to the need for a Scottish style which, although he didn’t mention it, harks back to the innovation of the passing game in this wee country over a hundred years ago. Its certainly not something we are known for now. Cathro isn’t an ex pro … that is relevant.


    Kenny Sheils referred to his experience delivering coach education and how disappointed he generally is when he sees the same guys he has taught ignoring his advice and reverting to type in the heat of battle. It is that cultural inertia that still inhibits the development of the game in this country.


    I have had a good number of years experience as a coach in youth football and Sheils words strike a chord. The coach education system has its faults however much of the content is excellent and well directed. In practice, short term, results driven motives mean that the typical youth team contains big guys at the back, fast guys up front and what goes on in between is largely irrelevant. This, perhaps, wouldn’t matter too much if it was possible to operate elite and the lower levels development separately but in practice this doesn’t happen. The kids that are taken out the system into the elite development channels frequently, one way or another, spend a lot of time being coached by those amateur coaches that tend to eschew the “tippy tappy nonsense” (That’s pass an move to you and me).


    In practice you need a broad base to the pyramid before you can expect the requisite number of elite level players coming out at the top. If those at the base are in the main ignoring what is needed it pollutes somewhat the product coming through. Although there are in theory different player pathways two separate styles and philosophies between the professionals and the amateurs significantly holds us back. I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

  5. DontPatmadug on

    celtfish on 6 March, 2012 at 09:03 said:



    DontPatmadug on 6 March, 2012 at 08:34 said:


    desimated = decimated



    Decimated means a tenth. Decimation was used to by Roman generals to ‘motivate’ their armies. The soldiers were divided into tens and lots drawn. The loser was then beaten to death by his nine colleagues, hence the army was reduced by a tenth.


    Does anyone know if this is what is causing the delay.



    Latin lesson over for this morning









    Latin lesson for ths



    Can just see the rest of the first team talking their wrath out on Kirk Breakfoot,


    wonder how many hard boiled eggs it would take to bring him down.

  6. hooptimist on 6 March, 2012 at 09:17 said:


    “Kenny Sheils referred to his experience delivering coach education and how disappointed he generally is when he sees the same guys he has taught ignoring his advice and reverting to type in the heat of battle. It is that cultural inertia that still inhibits the development of the game in this country.”



    A word of praise for Kenny Shiels. To his credit he tries to have his team play football and only the other day I heard him bemoaning the state of his own pitch because it was undermining the style of play that he believed in.

  7. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    hooptimist on 6 March, 2012 at 09:17 said:



    I’m never sure what coaches actually teach but I reckon they have identified one of the key aspects and that is hours on the ball.



    As a kid I played football in the street morning noon and night on all sorts of surfaces. You learn technique when the ball can bounce anywhere just as you are about to receive it (there was a gaspipe sticking out the ground on a bit of waste ground we used to play on, you only had to kick it once to never do it again).



    I’m not advocating ripping up astroturf and installing cobbles but maybe a wee section that replicates difficult ground conditions rather than the pristine surfaces that our players do not get to play on regularly would be an innovation.

  8. Monaghan1900 on

    Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on 5 March, 2012 at 22:56 said:


    Any ideas


    1) Do the Administrators have the authoriy to order the destruction of documents\evidence durng ongoing investigations


    2) If permission from the court is required, why would a judge agree to such a request, during ongoing investigation by HMRC.


    3) Can HMRC sanction people for obstructing their investigations.



    The first would be an attempt to pervert the course of justice under the circs. They can do it but they’ll be liable to get the tin pail.



    No judge would agree to the destruction of paperwork which would prevent proper investigation unless the true facts were being withheld from him.

  9. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    DontPatmadug on 6 March, 2012 at 09:18 said:



    They Romans could teach us a thing or two about motivation eh. ;)

  10. DontPatmadug on

    Auld Neil Lennon Heid ,


    the Roman bit was all celtfish but aye it was certainly an interesting motivational tool.

  11. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    The telegraph and express both have stories today using the words ‘titles could be stripped’



    This really would be the icing on the cake.



    Ram yer 5 stars. Now your tattoos and shirts look a little silly :)

  12. iki on 6 March, 2012 at 09:29 said:



    I’m with you on that one. Sheils talks a lot of sense too.

  13. Good morning my fellow tims, it’s great wakening up full of beans watching the Huns squirm.



    Just up the golfie wee bit if practice and then home to watch the soap opera of RFC.

  14. Oldest building in Larkhall destroyed after arson attack


    yip listed building too.

  15. Henriks Sombrero on

    I take it the Poppy story doing the rounds last night was a load of nonsense ?


    An interesting wee aside in Jabba’s article in today’s Record.



    Seems that D&P ran the players’ offer of a 75% wage deferral past HMRC.



    HMRC didn’t particularly object,not as such.



    They merely pointed out that they still expected tax to be paid on the FULL wages amount!




  17. Auld Neil Lennon heid on 6 March, 2012 at 09:29 said:



    hooptimist on 6 March, 2012 at 09:17 said:



    I’m never sure what coaches actually teach but I reckon they have identified one of the key aspects and that is hours on the ball.



    That’s where the “purposeful practice” theory comes in.


    When I was a kid I would spend endless hours playing keepie uppie with the result that I became an expert. It became easy and I would just keep trying to beat my record. However I was a bit of a diddy on the pitch. Just working at what came easy didn’t make me a player. I think thats what street football in the main does. I don’t think it forces you to work at what doesn’t come easy.

  18. greenmaestro on

    hooptimist on 6 March, 2012 at 09:17 said:


    I didn’t watch, and I won’t watch the debate tonight. As far as I am concerned Jabab has an agenda and I’ve heard enough of his rants to know his opinion. Any programme that he fronts will only be put together to reinforce his view on scottish football. I rarely (if ever, not that I recall anyway) agree with him, so I tuned into embarassing bodies on c4+1 only to find it was a medical programme an nothing to do with rangers fans.



    I think we could have learned from the English. Their old 1st division was not working so they decided on a new format and after much discussion came up with the EPL, which in fact was identical to the old 1st division. The dfference seems to be that everyone now said how great this was, and all players, managers, pundits and journo’s down south just kept saying it was great (often ignoring facts), in teh end it improved, bacuse by continually talking it up they attarcted better sponsorship and TV coverage, whether that turns out in teh end to be a financial bubble that will eventually burst is another argument. BAck to my point, too many in Scotland simply talk the game down. No wonder crowds are falling an no wonder the sponsorship and TV revenue is so poor by comparison to our enighbours.



    There is too much micro management and reaction to every single negative event in isolation, so we spend our time reacting and fire fighting, instead of sticking to a long term strategy and looking at long term trends. Also evidence is aoften conflicting comparing the national team with clubs performanaces in european competitions, can give mixed views.



    Jabba and his ilk are complicit in the problem they say they want to address. I say don’t give them the oxygen they crave.

  19. blantyretim on 6 March, 2012 at 09:41 said:


    Oldest building in Larkhall destroyed after arson attack


    yip listed building too.


    — — —


    It’s a headline that could have appeared in the previous 100 years. It’ll be seen as some sign of trophey around that town

  20. How come the Daily Mail presents the facts, and the Scots chipwrappers don’t?



    Rangers were minutes away from being penalised by the SPL yesterday, administrators Duff and Phelps agreeing to pay Dunfermline part of the £84,000 owed to them for tickets for last month’s match at East End Park just before the meeting which would have decided on the appropriate punishment for welshing on that debt. The remainder of the money must be paid by April 13.



    “We learned, just prior to the meeting starting, that the administrators had agreed with Dunfermline payment for the outstanding money so our action, relating to Rangers, went away,” said Doncaster.

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