Campbell Ogilvie: His responsibilities in his own words


Following on from Campbell Ogilvie’s pre-emptive puff piece with Tom English in Scotland on Sunday, I thought that a few extracts from Rangers’ 2001 Annual Report might help jog his memory. For it seems that our Campbell cannot remember what the duties of a company director are.

Ogilvie either was complicit in directing a tax scam or failed to execute his duty to take reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.  Tell us Mr. Ogilvie, what reasonable steps did you take? Did you consult an independent advisor? Did you raise any concerns with other directors? From today’s interview, it sounds like you did nothing.

Update:

In response to some poorly researched comments that claimed that Campbell Ogilvie was only Rangers’ company secretary and not a director, I attach data that should lay this issue to rest. While it is possible to be secretary and not a director, Ogilvie was both for several years. He was a director of Rangers FC when the EBT scheme started and did not stop being a Rangers director until 30 November 2005- 288b-Ogilvie-termination.

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2,242 Responses to Campbell Ogilvie: His responsibilities in his own words

  1. VITAL Signs says:

    Why is there any surprise at what Johnston has said? As I said on here weeks ago, self-interest will laugh in the face of sporting integrity. The only danger for newco is UEFA who, like Alec Thomson and the Scottish MSM, are not mired in Scottish parochialism.

    The fact that Porto and other European clubs are reported to be seething at the alleged cheating of Rangers does not bode well for the boys in blue being waved through into the SPL without the wider world having something to say about it!

  2. Private Land says:

    M Johnston’s lack of discretion is staggering. You could actually hear the thought processes clunking away in his head. He knew he should be discreet, but he couldn’t help himself. He was afarid he was being too subtle, so he let go with the full pound of mince in the face.

    I cannot believe that this will go away. I think the genie is well and truly out of the bottle. At least now there can be no posturing with the GOT. Talk of sporting integity is cheap.

  3. Private Land says:

    VITAL Signs says:

    24/03/2012 at 4:28 pm

    Why is there any surprise at what Johnston has said? As I said on here weeks ago, self-interest will laugh in the face of sporting integrity. The only danger for newco is UEFA who, like Alec Thomson and the Scottish MSM, are not mired in Scottish parochialism.

    The fact that Porto and other European clubs are reported to be seething at the alleged cheating of Rangers does not bode well for the boys in blue being waved through into the SPL without the wider world having something to say about it!
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    No surprise, but the public credibility of Johnston and the rest has suffered. To be honest, I’m not against the change in the voting rules. I agree that the current situation is ridiculous and gives Celtic & RFC an effective veto which is intuitively just not right.

    However by addressing a perceived injustice using behaviour that lacks integrity; an integrity that he seeks to introduce to the voting system; Johnston is exposed as a hypocrite and charlatan.

  4. VITAL Signs says:

    Private Land says:
    24/3/12 @ 4.07p.m.

    Goosy says:
    24/03/2012 at 3:52 pm
    Guys
    Nobody`s perfect ………least of all in the media
    Frankly I think Graham Spiers is a much maligned journalist who has been abused big time by both sides of the city for decades
    On the very day when he publicly admits to the succulent lamb syndrome the very least he deserves is some recognition of his courage
    ________________________________________________________________________
    I used to think he was much maligned. He is not well liked by his MSM collegaues, largely for his position on RFC sectarianism. I then thought of him as a decent guy who had the courage of his convictions.
    Since the Rangers Tax thing started though, he has reverted to writing from the perspective of a Rangers fan. His previous political correctness is gone. The reasons he proclaimed distaste for RFC have been set aside as irrelevancies. He has mocked, disparaged and ascribed motive to fans of other teams who have disagreed with his views in recent times. In other words he has shown himself to be a hypocrite. Now he is sooking up to the guys from the Smoke because he knows the war is being lost. Pathetic.
    No sympathy whatsoever.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Spot on, PL, exactly how Spiers has reacted to recent events.

  5. Trimm Trab says:

    Private Land says:
    24/03/2012 at 4:31 pm
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    Im not sure why so many posters on this blog suddenly think that Rangers NewCo may get back in due to the “10” and that somehow Celtic are the shining light in this – thats obviously not the case

    There was obviously something up midweek when Lawwells comments about Celtic standing shoulder to shoulder with Rangers and Sky. They have spoken to Rangers administrators aswell as he mentioned.

    It looks to me like they are probably all culpable (Celtic & the 10) of wooing Rangers to suit their own interests. Of course this wouldnt be a problem if Lawwell would just drop opposition to changing the 11-1 vote which is frankly stupid and completely undemocratic.

    None of them however should be considering Rangers NewCo back into the SPL but their own interests are obviously more important than sporting intergrity.

  6. VITAL Signs says:

    The GOT are actually consistent. They talk of sporting integrity etc., but the real motivation is self-interest. Perfectly understandable. The integrity bit is wheeled out when it suits purpose, football chairmen will always put their interests first.

  7. Private Land says:

    Trimm Trab says:

    24/03/2012 at 4:48 pm
    Private Land says:
    24/03/2012 at 4:31 pm
    ——————————

    Im not sure why so many posters on this blog suddenly think that Rangers NewCo may get back in due to the “10″ and that somehow Celtic are the shining light in this – thats obviously not the case

    There was obviously something up midweek when Lawwells comments about Celtic standing shoulder to shoulder with Rangers and Sky. They have spoken to Rangers administrators aswell as he mentioned.

    It looks to me like they are probably all culpable (Celtic & the 10) of wooing Rangers to suit their own interests. Of course this wouldnt be a problem if Lawwell would just drop opposition to changing the 11-1 vote which is frankly stupid and completely undemocratic.

    None of them however should be considering Rangers NewCo back into the SPL but their own interests are obviously more important than sporting intergrity.
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    Can’t disagree with any of that – as long as you’re not putting words in my mouth in your first sentence.
    My criticism of Johnston should not imply any trust of PL. Nothing could be further from the truth.
    The difference between them (at a minimum) is that PL has not been indiscreet – Johnston has been, monumentally so.
    Another major difference is this. If Celtic fans perceive – and they will – that the GOT are angling to let Newco back into the SPL in exchange for support for the voting structure, then there will most likely be a campaign of economic sanctions against them. PL has not brought that danger to Celtic. Yet.
    Also no amount of rationalising a parachute will ever be possible now that Johnston’s genie is out of the bottle.

  8. posmill says:

    VITAL Signs says:
    24/03/2012 at 4:45 pm

    Private Land says:
    24/3/12 @ 4.07p.m.

    Goosy says:
    24/03/2012 at 3:52 pm
    Guys
    Nobody`s perfect ………least of all in the media
    Frankly I think Graham Spiers is a much maligned journalist who has been abused big time by both sides of the city for decades
    On the very day when he publicly admits to the succulent lamb syndrome the very least he deserves is some recognition of his courage
    ________________________________________________________________________
    I used to think he was much maligned. He is not well liked by his MSM collegaues, largely for his position on RFC sectarianism. I then thought of him as a decent guy who had the courage of his convictions.
    Since the Rangers Tax thing started though, he has reverted to writing from the perspective of a Rangers fan. His previous political correctness is gone. The reasons he proclaimed distaste for RFC have been set aside as irrelevancies. He has mocked, disparaged and ascribed motive to fans of other teams who have disagreed with his views in recent times. In other words he has shown himself to be a hypocrite. Now he is sooking up to the guys from the Smoke because he knows the war is being lost. Pathetic.
    No sympathy whatsoever.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Spot on, PL, exactly how Spiers has reacted to recent events.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Point taken, but what you have today in the AT blog is GS admitting that he compromised his professional integrity. That seems like a pretty significant admission. And any you out there of a Christian bent will surely be open to forgiveness. Only time will tell if Saul has truly become Paul. I look forward to reading his letters.

  9. martybhoy says:

    Graham Spiers is easily the best of a bad bad bunch and honest enough to confess his mistakes and shortcomings at times.Basically he is a decent guy and methinks we should cut the dude a wee bit of slack on here?

  10. campsiejoe says:

    Well there you go
    Mr Johnston has revealed that the GOT are really only interested in sporting integrity, and not their own financial interests
    The game really does come first in their eyes
    Well done to all of them

  11. Private Land says:

    Something I have been missing in all this. Certainly there is more than hint of blackmail in respect of any Newco application. is the same extortion being propsed to guide Oldo (if they survive) through the disciplinaryprocess unscathed?

    If you can tear up the page of the rule-book that deals with entry to the organisation, why not do the same to the page that deals with offenders?

    At a tangent, I await with bated breath the fire fighters in the phone-ins dowsing Johnston’s flames. How will the “culture of sycophantic, unquestioning, puff journalism …around Rangers” respond.

  12. OnandOnandOnand says:

    Am in London in the company of friends in the legal trade. Am hearing that the High Court case was abandoned by the Adminstrators yesterday. Seems an incredible story goes along with this but l can’t check the facts yet. Collyer Bristow insurance about to take a major hit. Apologies if already posted

  13. campsiejoe says:

    PL @ 5.32pm

    This lot are capable of anything
    You know the old saying – Rules are there to be broken
    Or if you like, we will change them to suit our own ends

  14. campsiejoe says:

    Onand x3

    Are you talking about the £3.6 million case ?
    If so, I haven’t seen any mention of it up here

  15. Huge lavvy says:

    Would be a bit cheeky on the part of the administrator tearing up ticketus contract up here and pocketing tickeus cash in london

  16. Private Land says:

    Onand x3

    Nothing on Google. Whassup?

  17. Private Land says:

    Chico: “Who is Alex Thomson?” “What’s that you say Skip: he’s a war correspondent who is investigating Rangers and he has been threatened with violence by a member of the Scottish press”?

  18. easyJambo says:

    OnandOnandOnand says: 24/03/2012 at 5:34 pm

    Am in London in the company of friends in the legal trade. Am hearing that the High Court case was abandoned by the Adminstrators yesterday. Seems an incredible story goes along with this but l can’t check the facts yet. Collyer Bristow insurance about to take a major hit. Apologies if already posted
    ===============
    This sounds very ominous for the actions of someone – Gary Withey perhaps?

  19. yojimbo56 says:

    An increasing number of contributions are making reference to how Porto and other European clubs are watching our situation with interest. Fair enough! But EUFA/FIFA are not exactly bastions of sporting integrity.

    It is widely accepted that HMRC are using RFC as a bridgehead to set about at least 8 other clubs in the EPL that used EBT’s, possibly in a manner similar to Rangers. Liverpool are almost certainly one of these teams and they have won the Champions League in the recent past.

    I know EUFA may not be averse to having a boot at the English, but it might turn out to be a Pandoras Box they don’t want opened. Where would it stop in a football world that has been bathing in mega monies for the last 25 years and attracting many an interesting proprietor.

    On a more general basis, with reference to Peter Lawell and M Johnstons blatant self interested positioning; surely no-one can be surprised by this? sporting integrity has been bundled into an old sack, driven to the edge of a loch and dumped in the deepest part.

    Murray and CW busted the old adage that life, death and TAXES are the only things that are certain. As things stand I can only see two certainties

    1: RFC are going into the blender as soon as the money runs out to fund Duff & Phelps jolly

    2: Newco will rise in the SPL

    Safe home everybody tomorrow!

  20. OnandOnandOnand says:

    Campsiejo/PL

    Yes, it’s the £3.6m case. Seems Gary Withey may have given formal undertakings about holding money that wasn’t there. Well worth a journo making enquiries. I’m assured that it was the administrators who “vacated” the case, an English legal term. sum involved is over £10m and the £3.6m being handed back to the rightfull owners who had been misled.

  21. Private Land says:

    Huge lavvy says:

    24/03/2012 at 5:50 pm
    Would be a bit cheeky on the part of the administrator tearing up ticketus contract up here and pocketing tickeus cash in london
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Actually,we could have a tear-up party.

    D&D could tear up the Ticketus contract and the tax bills.
    Ticketus can tear off the ticket stubs.
    GOT could tear up the SPL rulebook.
    Campbell Ogilvie could tear his EBT.
    Craig Whyte can tear up his Takeover Agreement.
    Paul Murray can tear up the town.
    D Murray could tear up the rest of the evidence.
    Neil Doncaster can tear into all of the clearly ignorant fans who dare to question him.

    We could sell tickets.

  22. OnandOnandOnand says:

    I should add that CB partners seem genuinely to be unaware of what was going on re undertakings.

  23. gunnerb says:

    OnandOnandOnand says:
    24/03/2012 at 6:08 pm

    I should add that CB partners seem genuinely to be unaware of what was going on re undertakings.
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Gary Withey must gain a significant sum in order to trash his career in such a public and dishonorable manner.It suggests to me that CW will come out with his ‘reputation’ untarnished any further and maybe a few bob ahead.Gotta love the GEF

  24. Private Land says:

    Nobody seems to be complaining about Johnston on Your Call. Was I dreaming? Have I over-reacted? Is everybody just resigned to htis stuff?

    I’m away for a lie down.

  25. Jim says:

    weren’t a couple of those “rightfull owners who had been misled” CW’s mates in Banstead?

  26. OnandOnandOnand says:

    Jim,

    No , it was pension fund trustees. shades of that Private Eye article

  27. OnandOnandOnand says:

    I won’t be able to get much more on this until the courts open Monday. Might be able to get hold of some documentary evidence then too.

  28. OnandOnandOnand says:

    Bottom line is Administrators will NOT be getting the £3.6m

  29. campsiejoe says:

    Onand x 3

    As they say
    Oh shit !
    This gets more incredible day by day

  30. Well done On&Onx3.

  31. Hugh McEwan says:

    Thanks for the heads up On3

    I find it absolutely bizarre that the administrators have lawyers at the Court of Session in Edinburgh arguing about how they would stand if they bump Ticketus, and confirming their unsecured status in the event that they break their contract.

    While at the same time having Lawyers in London trying to get more of Ticketus’ money, presumably to add to the amount that Ticketus won’t get..

    No, bizarre isn’t the word, it’s despicable.

  32. Hugh McEwan says:
    24/03/2012 at 6:48 pm

    I laughed out loud at that! 🙂

  33. OnandOnandOnand says:

    Hugh,

    Ithink you might find the word “duped”used quite a lot in this context.

    I’m also told that Ticketus never laid claim to the money nor, more interestingly, did Wavetower, even although it was in a Wavetower account. All very strange. CB have appoonted Clyde &Co to represent them, they are big hitters in professional negligence cases.

  34. New blog post up

  35. VITAL Signs says:

    gunnerb on 24/03/2012 at 6:18 pm
     said: 1 2 Rate This

    OnandOnandOnand says:
    24/03/2012 at 6:08 pm
    I should add that CB partners seem genuinely to be unaware of what was going on re undertakings.
    _____________________________________________________________________
    Gary Withey must gain a significant sum in order to trash his career in such a public and dishonorable manner.It suggests to me that CW will come out with his ‘reputation’ untarnished any further and maybe a few bob ahead.Gotta love the GEF

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is it possible for CW’s reputation to get any more tarnished? How MBB will come out of all this, a few bob ahead or even with a head, remains to be seen. It looks to me that he’s bitten off more than he can chew with this whole escapade.

  36. Hugh McEwan says:

    OnandOnandOnand says:
    24/03/2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hugh,

    Ithink you might find the word “duped”used quite a lot in this context.

    I’m also told that Ticketus never laid claim to the money nor, more interestingly, did Wavetower, even although it was in a Wavetower account. All very strange. CB have appoonted Clyde &Co to represent them, they are big hitters in professional negligence cases.

    =====================

    Sounds like a Wow moment.

  37. gunnerb says:

    VITAL Signs says:
    24/03/2012 at 7:27 pm

    gunnerb on 24/03/2012 at 6:18 pm
    said:
    Gary Withey must gain a significant sum in order to trash his career in such a public and dishonorable manner.It suggests to me that CW will come out with his ‘reputation’ untarnished any further and maybe a few bob ahead.Gotta love the GEF

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is it possible for CW’s reputation to get any more tarnished? How MBB will come out of all this, a few bob ahead or even with a head, remains to be seen. It looks to me that he’s bitten off more than he can chew with this whole escapade.
    _________________________________________________________________
    As I said, untarnished further…meaning I think he will get away scott free here. His silence up `til now is elequent testament to either confidence or cowardice, I think he will not be too concerned either way.

  38. Torrevieja Johnbhoy says:

    Ithink you might find the word “duped”used quite a lot in this context.

    I’m also told that Ticketus never laid claim to the money nor, more interestingly, did Wavetower, even although it was in a Wavetower account. All very strange. CB have appoonted Clyde &Co to represent them, they are big hitters in professional negligence cases.
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
    So I take it the money is going back to Jerome Pensions>Worthington>Earleys/Whyte.

    Can we hazzard a guess at liquidation date.14th April for me,100 years since the Titanic sank.

  39. VITAL Signs says:

    gunnerb says:
    24/3/12 @ 8.27p.m.
    As I said, untarnished further…meaning I think he will get away scott free here. His silence up `til now is elequent testament to either confidence or cowardice, I think he will not be too concerned either way.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

  40. VITAL Signs says:

    gunnerb says:
    24/3/12 @ 8.27p.m
    gunnerb says:
    24/3/12 @ 8.27p.m.
    As I said, untarnished further…meaning I think he will get away scott free here. His silence up `til now is elequent testament to either confidence or cowardice, I think he will not be too concerned either way.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Scott free from this CB negligence situation or in general? What do you base your judgement on?

  41. Goosy says:

    As we reflect on the upcoming 1st birthday of the RTC blog we should remember that Jan 27 2011 was the 1st birthday of Phil Macgiolla Bhain fleshing out the story on Clyde1 SSB following his interview with Martin Bain

    http://www.philmacgiollabhain.ie/clyde-1-super-scoreboard/#more-846

    We should also note that Phil credited Daryll King with breaking the story and afterwards told posters on his blog that he had been given an uninterrupted hearing by the much maligned SSB

  42. Cortes says:

    Fascinating to learn from the Telegraph piece that Mr Lennon was at risk of assault if, as is usual when a manager is sent to the stand, he gods to the stand. 🙂
    What does that say about 1. RFC(IA) fans.2. RFC(IA) stewards 3. Strathclyde Police?

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