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Rangers fans raise eyebrows as SFA appoint a new Compliance Officer

The SFA have finally appointed a new compliance officer and it’s garnered quite the reaction from Rangers fans on Twitter.

The Ibrox club’s supporters are never shy to give their two cents on major Scottish footballing news and the SFA appointment of lawyer Andrew Phillips is certainly that.

Phillips will begin his new role at the SFA on Monday 1st March and the appointment has been lauded by SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell as the “right candidate” [SFA].

The role has been vacated ever since the exit of Clare Whyte earlier in the season with the Compliance Officer system back amongst the headlines this month after a spate of controversial decisions.


Rangers have called for consistency in decision-making as the Ibrox club have more often than any other been on the receiving end of retrospective action.

However, Phillips history as a practising solicitor advocate in criminal and regulatory defence has hardly inspired Rangers fans that this will change anytime soon.

Phillips joins the SFA from Jones Whyte Law and claims the role is “a fantastic opportunity for me to combine my professional expertise with my passion for football”.

Rangers fans still remain sceptical with the lawyer’s extreme CV not exactly the sort of thing you’d first associate with a football pitch and retrospective decision-making:

Rangers have felt the brunt of the compliance officer process in recent weeks with strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe receiving retrospective bans.

The Gers support were furious when Roofe in particular was banned for two matches despite being yellow carded for the incident in the 1-0 win over St Johnstone.

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