However, the news that the former Rangers director and now President of the Scottish FA profited from the scheme, should be a cause for concern for Scottish Football’s governing body.
In a statement on the official Scottish FA website, Campbell Ogilvie said: “I was aware of the EBT scheme in operation at Rangers during my time at the club and, indeed, was a member. The existence of the scheme was published in Rangers’ annual accounts.”
While there was speculation that Ogilvie was privy to the so-called dual contracts offered to Rangers players, he categorically denied that he knew of and had any part of them.
He said: “My role at Rangers, until the mid-90s, included finalising the paperwork for player registrations. As confirmed by Sir David Murray today, it was never my role to negotiate contracts during my time at Rangers. It is also worth noting that, since the mid-90s, I was not responsible for the drafting or administering of player contracts.
“I ceased being Company Secretary in 2002 and became General Secretary responsible for football strategy, in effect becoming the main point of contact between the club and the respective league and governing bodies.”
With Rangers under investigation over the alleged dual contracts business, there would be a conflict of interest given Ogilvie’s employment at the club during the period that the contracts were alleged to have been drawn up.
Ogilvie added: “In relation to the recent investigation, I can confirm that I asked to be excluded from the Scottish FA’s Independent Inquiry into Rangers. In the interests of good governance it was absolutely right that this was the case.
“I am proud and privileged to be President of the Scottish FA during an exciting period in its history. I have an excellent relationship with our chief executive, Stewart Regan, and the Board of Directors. I would like to thank them for their support throughout this process and look forward to new and exciting challenges ahead at the Scottish FA.”
Campbell Ogilvie’s admission that he profited from the EBTs, could lead to HMRC knocking on his door asking for the tax on the money given to him through the EBT scheme.
Is Ogilvie’s position as SFA President now at risk or is this issue of profiting from the EBT scheme not damaging to his current position in the Scottish game?