Untenable position for SFA president as drama unfolds


Campbell Ogilvie’s appointment as president of the SFA was always controversial.  As general secretary and director of Rangers, Ogilvie was the club’s chief administrator during the final 11-year period they refused to employ Catholic footballers.  In many other walks of life, this background would make him an embarrassing relic of a former era, but in Scottish football it was enough to see him promoted to the ultimate honour position.

He remained in position at Rangers long after the new regime of Sir David Murray arrived and set aside the decades-old sectarian employment policy but left the club in 2005, joining Hearts as operations director two months later.  All of this puts the SFA president in central position regarding the on-going tax tribunal, which is charged with deciding if Rangers illegally evaded tax from a period starting in 2000 and going on well beyond Ogilvie’s departure.

If the First Tier Tribunal finds against Rangers the SFA must ask for Ogilvie’s immediate resignation.  The association cannot have a president embroiled in a tax evasion scam which, even before a verdict has been decided, has already caused untold harm to his former club and the reputation Scottish football.  The scale of the damage to public finances has yet to be definitively established but it will not make good reading.

The SFA has just embarked on its first proper investigation into whether directors of a football club, in this instance Rangers, are fit and proper persons to hold such a position.  Office holders at the association cannot exercise power over the game if they are not subject to the same standards they demand from clubs.  Pending this investigation, and the outcome of the tax tribunal, Ogilvie should temporarily step aside.  Scotland is not yet a banana republic, public bodies must have robust ethics and must not allow the shadow of contagion to be cast over the body charged with ensuring legal and moral standards are adhered to.

The SFA has some enormously important months ahead.  Its president is currently in a position to influence which course it takes and, if the tribunal verdict falls against Rangers, could be implicated in the scandal which precipitated the crisis.  While I am sure Campbell Ogilvie will be shown to have acted with impeccable ethical standards, the SFA must quickly establish a structure clear of contagion.

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  1. Mort ***** says:


    21 February, 2012 at 11:29



    Brilliant podium and decorated in honor, what can I say…:-)

  2. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 says:


    21 February, 2012 at 11:29


    VP-Seen you blanked me reply:{,going to NY 16-19 March.





    Didn’t blank it,don’t believe it was worthy of a reply,


    for someone as esteemed as moi.:O)

  3. RogueLeader says:



    Leggat really is a horror. By using a pet name though does that not protact him from any legal action?

  4. Pulitzer Prize for this one Guys… :)


    May have missed a post, any idea how far back this goes or is it only this season?



    Going back to St Patricks Day in NY, was watching my 1st outside Trump Tower late Nineties…I think -5C . Yank woman next to me said to her friend


    ” Love this parade…but really wish they would have it in the summer” buckled up laughing.



    Hail Hail

  5. Another great piece Paul, You are quite right that Ogilvie should stand aside temporarily until the findings of the FTT are published. How is it our football administrators can not see that this would be a proper course of action? Oh aye that’s right…….

  6. KJamBhoy – Not when it is easily traced who he means via previous blogs. As I said the defence he would offer is veritas. Spiers wouldn’t sue him for that reason.

  7. Big Swee walks on with Neil Lennon on

    Cracking post Paul and spot on.



    Off the record: Phil’s blog outlines what Paul stated very clearly in that we could be impacted if FIFA and UEFA see any govenrment intervention as a breach and could throw us out of European and National (Scotland) competition.



    If such an e-mail chain does exist then for clarity and the assurance of the sporting fans of our national game, the exact nature of these mails should be made known.

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    St. David did not give two tuppeny sucks about the huns once Lloyds toed his baws.



    His 23 year dalliance with the huns has been proven without any doubt to be self serving. LOL



    He didn´t sell to Ellis in the “nice London hotel” … where does he normally stay Travelodge



    So after his bank baw booting escapade .. and warnings of homelessness and going back to plain old Mr he promptly phones Ellis back and puts the same deal back on the table .. the only interest on the table over a 5 year period.



    Campbell Ogilvie is brought up to speed.



    Ellis has a poor history within football and is an asset stripper.



    Whyte is then nominated as being the Motherwell Born Billionaire ….. It has Murray and Media house hallmarks all over it.



    Can´t wait until it all comes out in the wash.



    Hail Hail

  9. ernie lynch says:


    21 February, 2012 at 11:27


    Talking about movies, why is it that Whytie’s involvement with the huns reminds me of The Producers?





    Do you mean in terms of the “going for bust” finance strategy, or the “Springtime for Hitler” singing?

  10. I have a feeling today will be another big day.



    Can you eat jelly and ice cream with pancakes?




  11. Oocha !!


    Get in there Paul. He has been keeping his head down beneath the parapet.


    Misfeasance in public office anyone?

  12. KJamBhoy says:


    21 February, 2012 at 11:35



    I don’t think it does, if the ‘owner’ of the pet name is common knowledge. I think the OC nickname was first used on FF and Leggat has picked it up from there, to show that he’s connected with the real fans.

  13. Paul67 – Good governance and corporate responsibility at the National Association? There is more chance of The Rangers Group being awarded the Crystal Clear mark for transparency in business.

  14. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I think Ogilvie should step aside solely for allowing Whyte to take over. See my post above.



    Stewart Regan does not look too clever by half also




    HAil Hail

  15. paul67



    had exactly this conversation with someone with a growing interest in all this at the weekend.



    falling like dominos

  16. The Prince of Goalkeepers on




    I’m delighted that you have published the above article, as far as I am concerned this has been yet another elephant (or gorilla) in the room. Yet again our mainstream media have been found wanting in ignoring this issue.



    More power to your keyboard!

  17. LiviBhoy says:


    21 February, 2012 at 11:15


    voguepunter says:


    21 February, 2012 at 11:02



    It’s a quote from Indiana Jones. If you have seen the film it’s a great analogy.






    LiviBhoy –



    “Raiders of The Last Orc”?




  18. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Looks to me like folding the sfa is the only way to go, newco sfa anyone :oD

  19. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I think it is interesting that UEFA clearly see the hun sectarian singing problem as part of the local culture. That´s why they passed the buck onto the SFA for decades.



    So the question remains especially after Saturday singing … why is Hugh Dallas still in employment with them.



    Me thinks David Taylor and Campbell Ogilvie made sure of it.



    UEFA needs challenged on this now. So Bhoys get writing



    I think we should ask Shug Dallas back to referee the game to be held at Ibrox soon as a swansong … a kind of De Ja Vu moment

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




    I’ve no time to look back on the day’s developments re the mingers as really busy at work.



    Can someone post a few bullet points of the main story’s today please?



    Many thanks!

  21. James Forrest is The Emperor of Ice Cream on

    Hey guys



    First up, let’s start with the player registration story.



    First, is it against the rules? And if so, who’s rules? No-one has been able to point out the rule to me.



    Secondly, do we think they actually did this? That they were dumb enough to?



    Finally, will we run out of jelly & ice cream if this turns out to be as bad as it sounds?

  22. Paul67



    The Captains of Industry are beginning to lose their veneer…



    Is Regan making any noises about the ongoing fiasco?



    Apart from starting an already ongoing enquiry…?




  23. Paul67



    Who is going to actually ask the big question of C Ogilvie being in a position which he no longer should be? Have things within SFA changed enough in recent times that the self preservation society are no longer able to sign their own tickets?




    I know Peter Lawell now has a degree of influence but seeing how SFA have done hee haw to drive answers out of their fit for purpose criteria regarding Craig Whyte, I reckon it’ll be more of the same and nothing will much happen unless a blogger like yourself, Phil or RTC (I’m sure others contribute to getting the truth out aswell) can produce documentary evidence of wrongdoing as lets face it our media is feckless and in disarray as their beloved rangers go down.



    We’ve seen with DougieDougieGate \ Dallas how entrenched the SFA are when it comes to defending their own irrespective of wrongdoings.

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