Stewart Regan, Scottish FA chief executive:

“I am surprised by the comments attributed in the media yesterday to Jim Sheridan MP. Mr Sheridan spoke publicly before making any effort to contact me or ascertain details of the work currently ongoing to improve our game.

“Mr Sheridan's comments on alleged bias within the Scottish FA are divisive, grossly misguided and deeply unhelpful. 

"He has called for an independent review, when it is widely known that the former First Minister, Henry McLeish, presented the first part of his completely independent review of Scottish football earlier this year, and that part two is due to be published imminently.

“My intention to conduct a review of internal processes at the Scottish FA has also been widely reported.

“Finally, with regard to Mr Sheridan's comments on referees, we have, again, already stated our intention to work with all relevant parties to create a Referees' Charter. In short, we are in the process of addressing every point Mr Sheridan makes, and I would be happy to meet with him to clarify these details.

“I am also interested to hear more on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s renewed interest in Scottish football, and am especially keen to find out what level of support they are able to offer the game going forward.”