Now's the time to clean up Scottish Football

With Rangers close to death we will never have a better chance to give Scottish football and it’s governing bodies a good clean. We can leave the RFC saga to one side for a moment and take a look at the SFA who must have had some idea of what was going on. The question is. Did Rangers FC submit true and accurate accounts to the SFA or were the SFA complicit in a cover up to allow RFC to play in Europe and sign players while that club was more or less bankrupt ?
Attention must also be paid to the position of Campbell Ogilvie. How did Mr Ogilvie land the job of president of the SFA ? It’s is clear that he has been a senior board member of two clubs who have ended up in difficulties with HMRC namely Rangers and Hearts. Is he a fit and proper person to hold the position ? Many may say the Mr Ogilvie should be suspended until a proper investigation of the RFC EBT’s scam. Just how involved was Mr Ogilvie ?
Another question that the SFA must answer and in particular CEO Stewart Regan. How much effort was put into finding out if Craig Whyte was a fit and proper person to take control of a major Scottish club ?
Fans and clubs should call for an independent enquiry into what has gone on over the past 2 years at the SFA.
This is a wonder full chance to sort out the administration of our game in Scotland. Both the SFA and the SPL must make sure that a club guilty of cheating the tax system to gain an advantage is not allowed to close down and then walk into the SPL as a new club. If this is allowed to happen the integrity of Scottish football will be nil.

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  1. I have followed Inverness Caledonian Thistle (or plain old Caledonian Thistle as it was in those days) since 1995 and have really enjoyed the highs and lows of the roller coaster ride from the Third Division. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to follow the team at over 40 league grounds in Scotland, an experience in itself…
    But now, if Rangers FC are wound up and a new club is parachuted into the SPL by a combination of cronyism, dodgy commercial dealing, marketing by the mainstream media and unwanted political interference, that journey will count for nothing.
    What happens next in the turbulent history of RFC will be a battle of right versus wrong and cheating versus playing by the rules….
    The outcome will decide whether I turn my back on Scottish football forever.
    If it’s to be a New Rangers, then it has to be in Division 3. Nothing else will suffice.

    1. Well said Steve. I’m glad that other football fans feel this way. This is too big an issue to be turned into a Celtic Fans v Rangers thing. Every other club has been forced to downsize including Celtic to allow themselves to live within their means. A club that has openly flouted the Tax system as RFC and clearly gained an advantage are guilty of financial doping therefore should they go into liquidation and be allowed back into the SPL it is a slap in the face to every other club in Scotland.
      By the way that was a cracking game you gave us last Saturday.

  2. I have followed Inverness Caledonian Thistle (or plain old Caledonian Thistle as it was in those days) since 1995 and have really enjoyed the highs and lows of the roller coaster ride from the Third Division. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to follow the team at over 40 league grounds in Scotland, an experience in itself…
    But now, if Rangers FC are wound up and a new club is parachuted into the SPL by a combination of cronyism, dodgy commercial dealing, marketing by the mainstream media and unwanted political interference, that journey will count for nothing.
    What happens next in the turbulent history of RFC will be a battle of right versus wrong and cheating versus playing by the rules….
    The outcome will decide whether I turn my back on Scottish football forever.
    If it’s to be a New Rangers, then it has to be in Division 3. Nothing else will suffice.

    1. Well said Steve. I’m glad that other football fans feel this way. This is too big an issue to be turned into a Celtic Fans v Rangers thing. Every other club has been forced to downsize including Celtic to allow themselves to live within their means. A club that has openly flouted the Tax system as RFC and clearly gained an advantage are guilty of financial doping therefore should they go into liquidation and be allowed back into the SPL it is a slap in the face to every other club in Scotland.
      By the way that was a cracking game you gave us last Saturday.

  3. ‘were the SFA complicit in a cover up…?’
    At least one senior member of the SFA must have been aware of the EBT and how it had been administered. Oh, I think you covered that already.
    Sleep tight Campbell 🙂

  4. ‘were the SFA complicit in a cover up…?’
    At least one senior member of the SFA must have been aware of the EBT and how it had been administered. Oh, I think you covered that already.
    Sleep tight Campbell 🙂

  5. Exactly!! A new rangers cannot be allowed straight into spl just coz they are one of the most supported teams in the country, rules are rules and they have broken them so they must be punished! No sympathy for the devil! I was at hampden in the 94/95 season with them waving their £5 £10 an £20 notes at us! Karma is a bitch!

  6. Exactly!! A new rangers cannot be allowed straight into spl just coz they are one of the most supported teams in the country, rules are rules and they have broken them so they must be punished! No sympathy for the devil! I was at hampden in the 94/95 season with them waving their £5 £10 an £20 notes at us! Karma is a bitch!

  7. now that it is all coming to a head with both rangers and hearts.i have a more positive outlook on things, im sure people look fondly to arguably Scotland’s golden era, where the new firm where competing for the league against the old firm and Scottish teams where feared on the continent, now take rangers aside, there is a chance motherwell could be in the champions league this year, with other clubs in the Europe,much needed revenue for these clubs. but if rangers do end up liquadated and if this has a financial implication on celtics ( sky deal ) spending, then we will carry on and downsize accordingly to live within our means. could this mean a more level playing field between Celtic and other clubs. where we see clubs bringing through more of their own players, therefore having a more competitive league, with more challenging for the league. returning crowds to empty seats. im not saying this would happen overnight but say 5 years. there will be a void left if rangers end up in the third, but that void can be filled with another team. more revenue and more competitive for teams to challenge for these euro spots. what are other fans thoughts on this idea or am i dreaming.

  8. now that it is all coming to a head with both rangers and hearts.i have a more positive outlook on things, im sure people look fondly to arguably Scotland’s golden era, where the new firm where competing for the league against the old firm and Scottish teams where feared on the continent, now take rangers aside, there is a chance motherwell could be in the champions league this year, with other clubs in the Europe,much needed revenue for these clubs. but if rangers do end up liquadated and if this has a financial implication on celtics ( sky deal ) spending, then we will carry on and downsize accordingly to live within our means. could this mean a more level playing field between Celtic and other clubs. where we see clubs bringing through more of their own players, therefore having a more competitive league, with more challenging for the league. returning crowds to empty seats. im not saying this would happen overnight but say 5 years. there will be a void left if rangers end up in the third, but that void can be filled with another team. more revenue and more competitive for teams to challenge for these euro spots. what are other fans thoughts on this idea or am i dreaming.

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