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SFA chief admits job struggle
Published : 01 Oct 2012 22:49:17
Scottish Football Association president Campbell Ogilvie has conceded 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.
Speaking at Monday'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."
He added: "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."
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 Irn-Bru Third Division in the summer.
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."