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SFA president Campbell Ogilvie: I haven't been doing my job properly due to my previous association with Rangers

SFA president Campbell Ogilvie admits he has not done his job properly for the last six months because of his previous involvement with Rangers.

The former Ibrox company secretary was employed by the club from 1978 until 2005, when he joined Hearts (SFL3 feeder club).

Due to his past connections with Rangers, Ogilvie has not participated in any meetings or discussions during what has been a turbulent time for the Glasgow giants and Scottish football as a whole.

Ogilvie now wants to hold talks with Light Blues chief executive Charles Green so that all parties can move on.

One of the outstanding issues yet to be resolved is a Scottish Premier League-appointed commission hearing, set to take place next month, into alleged undisclosed payments made by Rangers to players in relation to the use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) from 2000 to 2011.

Green has claimed the SPL "were looking to trade SPL status for an admission of guilt on EBTs and a sanction of stripped titles" before his newco Rangers were denied entry to the top flight and voted into the Third Division in the summer.

Speaking at today's William Hill Scottish Cup third-round draw, Ogilvie said: "Because of my involvement previously with Rangers, I didn't take part in any of the discussions.

"I haven't attended any meetings whatsoever. My understanding is that the group looking to take over Rangers had asked for all possible scenarios to be put on the table.

"That's as far as I'm aware and I can't comment further quite simply because I wasn't party to any of the meetings.

"If I'm totally blunt, I believe in the last six months, in many ways, I haven't been doing my job properly because I couldn't take part in the debate.

"That's bothered me, I must admit, but there was no alternative to that.

"It's been a difficult time for everyone in Scottish football.

"It was difficult for me for different reasons. I couldn't even take part in the debate and that's why I'm saying I haven't been fulfilling my duties properly if I'm totally honest.

"Having said that, there was no way I could have taken part in the debate."

He added: "Now, things are up and running, and I would like to sit down and speak to Charles Green.

"I thought it was better after the summer to let the dust settle but, as president, I believe I have a role to play in trying to bring things together and moving forward for the future.

"That's not just relative to Rangers, it's in any situation with any club."

A tax tribunal is expected to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the so-called 'big tax case' this month, with the soon-to-be-liquidated Rangers disputing a claim by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in relation to their use of EBTs.

Ogilvie has previously admitted he was aware of, and indeed, a member of, the controversial EBT scheme at Rangers, but has claimed he was not responsible for the drafting or administering of player contracts since the mid-90s.

Asked if his position at the SFA will become untenable should Rangers be found guilty of wrong-doing, he said: "Until we know the outcome, I can't comment any further than I have already done.

"I've tried to be upfront throughout this process. Really, we have to see what the outcome is.

"I don't see that it should make any difference to the way I operate, but I think it's only fair that we hear the outcome of both that tribunal and the SPL tribunal.

"I'd like to see what the outcome is first of all. You've got to remember at the time, when these were operated, they were perfectly legal, if operated correctly.

"So let's see what comes out of it. Further down the line, we will just have to wait and see.

"If there was a feeling that it was causing an issue, then I would have to discuss that with the Association."

So, a long winded statement that says nothing other than I was gagged but Charles Green's statement re: stripping of titles was all a big misunderstanding? If he can't help us, at least he can say nothing.

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This is a olive branch extended by the SFA -- you can take and break it if you like but this is a good event for Rangers and CG ----- If Mr Olglvie lets slip the next stage in their plan Charles can work with that if not so what no harm done ---- What Campbell says in the press is not what will be said between them in a private Office ---- all bits of this long tiresome jigsaw being fitted in to place here.

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This is a olive branch extended by the SFA -- you can take and break it if you like but this is a good event for Rangers and CG ----- If Mr Olglvie lets slip the next stage in their plan Charles can work with that if not so what no harm done ---- What Campbell says in the press is not what will be said between them in a private Office ---- all bits of this long tiresome jigsaw being fitted in to place here.

You assume Ogilvie is in-the-know with the SFA plans. I have my doubts.

Now is not the time for olive branches, now is the time for burying the corrupt and petty organisation. Then after the rebirth with new people in charge, and only then, can we talk about olive branches.

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You assume Ogilvie is in-the-know with the SFA plans. I have my doubts.

Now is not the time for olive branches, now is the time for burying the corrupt and petty organisation. Then after the rebirth with new people in charge, and only then, can we talk about olive branches.

If he isn't in the know then he needs sacked or resign he supposed to be SFA president after all ------ from SFA point of view the olive branch is the time for them ---- If CG is as iconic as the iconicman he'll hear him out before just chucking him out ----

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