Morton boss Dougie Imrie is one of 14 SFA accused of alleged betting offenses

Morton Manager Dougie Imrie
Dougie Imrie has only recently taken over as Championship manager Greenock Morton

Morton manager Dougie Imrie is among 14 people accused of alleged historical betting offenses by the Scottish FA.

Imrie is accused of gambling in football during his time as a gamer, dating from 2011 to 2019.

Other quotes include Cove Rangers coach Gordon Young and experienced midfielder Arbroath Gavin Swankie.

The SFA has a blanket ban on betting footballers, coaches and employees on any matches.

Inverness striker Caley Thistle Shane Sutherland is listed along with five current Elgin City players consisting of Aiden Sopel, Conor O’Keefe, Darryl McHardy, Matthew Cooper and Thomas McHale.

All 14 were notified of the Complaints Officer of the Managing Authority and are awaiting a hearing on 11 and 18 February.

The BBC Scotland understands that there are no suspicions in the allegations of manipulation of the results of the matches and that 14 cases, which were published at once on Friday, are not part of a coordinated investigation.

Morton’s statement reads: “Greenock Morton can confirm that he has received notification of a complaint from the Scottish FA Compliance Officer regarding an alleged historical violation of his gambling rules by our first team manager Dougie Imrie.

“The announcement concerns the incidents between 2011 and 2019, when Dougie was a player.

“The club and Dougie have cooperated fully with the SFA during the investigation and will continue to do so. Dougie will provide written comments in response to the announcement in the coming days.

“Dougie will have the full support and support of Greenock Morton’s board during this process.”

Elgin City added: “We will speak with our players, our lawyers and the SFA to determine the most appropriate course of action and, if necessary, issue another statement in due course.”

The Scottish FA declined to comment on the live case when it was approached by BBC Scotland.

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