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This is why we need an Independent Inquiry. No more secrecy. COMPLETE transparency. And why was Torbett not included in this considering he was the one that started CBC & is currently serving his 2nd spell in prison for Sexually Abusing Boys at CELTIC BOYS CLUB!

Celtic FC set to break silence over Boys’ Club abuse involving Jim McCafferty and Frank Cairney

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EXCLUSIVE: Celtic FC set to break silence over Boys' Club abuse


EXCLUSIVE: Celtic FC set to break silence over Boys’ Club abuse

Celtic FC will break their silence over historic sex abuse allegations in the next 24-hours by dramatically revealing that they have been conducting a top-level inquiry for the past two years.

The Herald and Evening Times can reveal the probe – which is ongoing – has been headed by senior officials, legal counsel and third parties in complete secrecy as it looks to trawl through years of allegations to reach the truth.

Because of the sensitivity around the claims including potentially both legal and civil actions, only a handful of people have been privy to the operation.

However after a new storm began to rage following the intervention of SNP MSP James Dornan and Tory Adam Tomkins, the club is preparing to go public on the work that has been done thus far to investigate what unfolded.

Read more: Celtic chief Peter Lawwell slammed by MSP James Dornan over Boys Club victims

Peter Lawwell, Celtic’s chief executive, has written to both the politicians in response to criticisms they levelled at him and his club.

It is understood they will be left in no doubt that the Glasgow club has been working around the clock on the issue and liaising with authorities.

However with the activity still ongoing, they will be at pains to ensure nothing detracts from the work going on.

One source said: “Celtic have had no option but to play this close to their chest, not only because of the individual sensitivities, but owing to the legal considerations involved.

“An inquiry has been ongoing now for two years and continues to progress.”

Celtic came under renewed criticism when Jim McCafferty became the fourth person connected with Celtic Boys’ Club or the club itself to be jailed over abuse.

He was caged for six years, following Jim Torbett, Frank Cairney and Gerald King through the justice system.

Read more: Ex-Celtic youth coach Jim McCafferty admits sex abuse against young boys

McCafferty admitted preying on 10 teenage boys between 1972 and 1996.

Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for a second time last November over abusing boys.

Coach Frank Cairney, 83, and ex chairman Gerald King, 66, have also been convicted in recent months.

A statement from Celtic after McCafferty’s sentencing expressed “regret and sorrow” to those affected by the actions of the paedophile and offered “sincere sympathy”.

But critics said that didn’t go far enough.

Mr Dornan and Professor Tomkins both shared letters they sent to the club in the wake of former coach Jim McCafferty being jailed for more than six years.

Mr Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, told yesterday how he sent a letter to the club’s chief executive Peter Lawwell on May 16

The Celtic fan said it was “with great sadness” he felt “compelled” to write the letter, in which he said it was “in no way accurate” to say the relationship between Celtic FC and Celtic Boys Club was as separate entities.

He wrote: “Boys were sold the idea of playing for the Boys Club as having a foot into Celtic FC, this from Celtic scouts.

“The relationship between the coaches, including Messrs (Jim) Torbett and (Frank) Cairney and high-ranking Celtic officials, was clear for all to see.

“Every Celtic Boys Club annual event was full of Celtic players and officials, generally giving out the prizes to the lucky young players who saw themselves as close to signing or had already signed for the club.”

Read more: Celtic Boys Club kitman Jim McCafferty abuse victims’ compensation call

He added: “I accept that there may be some legal distance between the two but given what I and many others have seen Celtic have without doubt a moral responsibility to compensate for what happened under their watching eye.

“I urge you to take on this responsibility, not blame, apologise for what happened to these deeply damaged young men, accept you can’t undo what has been done and offer compensation for those who were treated in such a terrible way by people using, and abusing, the proud name of Celtic FC.

“After seeing the latest in a far too long line of Celtic Boys Club coaches being found guilty of the foulest abuses you continue to abrogate your responsibilities as you have to date on this issue then, in my view, you bring nothing but shame to the reputation of Celtic and the wider Celtic family.”

Mr Tomkins also called for a compensation package to be set up, citing Manchester City FC as an example.

In his letter, the Scottish Conservative MSP said: “Through a series of criminal trials we now know something of the scale of the abuse committed by a number of the men associated with Celtic boys’ club.

Read more: Celtic accused of ‘insulting’ survivors of paedophile Jim McCafferty

“These are no longer allegations – in the cases in question they have been proved in a court of law.

“What we do not know is what Celtic FC knew about these offences and when they knew it.

“These questions must now be independently and fully investigated and, if necessary, a compensation scheme should be established such as that set up earlier this year by Manchester City FC.

“Several constituents have contacted me in recent weeks about these matters, and their concerns must be addressed.”

Mr Lawwell has now written a robust response to both of their correspondences.

Read more of today’s top Glasgow stories

They are expected to include details of the inquiry.

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Ryan Bowman1 hr ago

 4Let’s hope this investigation throws up some answer. And let’s hope a similar investigation will be happening over ibrox way.

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Duncan Thompson1 hr ago

 12Let’s hope folk stop trying to deflect.

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Fran Ger1 hr ago

 7I hope that the victims can get closure on what they’ve suffered, and indeed are suffering to this day.

I also hope that any posts on this article are restricted to the facts as well as the victims welfare and not used for sordid point scoring.

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Gerry McGonigle1 hr ago

 5I pray im wrong but this sounds like another cover up is on its way. Celtic have already done an internal investigation and all the paedophiles were giving the all clear and fully supported.

I dont know if i could go back to Paradise knowing cover up 2 is underway. An independent investigation is the only way to go rather than an internal one.

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Jack Brown1 hr ago

 4Its great when your club only had a TAX MAN to worry asbout though , thank God for that . It puts stuff into perspective .

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Ryan Bowman55 mins ago


Jack Brownwrote:Its great when your club only had a TAX MAN to worry asbout though , thank God for that . It puts stuff into perspective .

Think you will find ibrox has secrets that are being covered up

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C Mitchell1 hr ago

 0Absolutely disgusting i hope all the victims get compensated and the guilty rot in hell.
ronnie foster53 mins ago

 0The genie is out the bottle at last as an ex boys club player you will be shocked to your toes when the names come out .
Lynn Wright48 mins ago

 2Celtic’s football licence needs revoked – Peadophillia is far worse than a tax dodge!

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Ryan Bowman41 mins ago


Lynn Wrightwrote:Celtic’s football licence needs revoked – Peadophillia is far worse than a tax dodge!

You would know that with Harry Dunn and Gordon Neelys time at Ibrox

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 2At least they were reported to the cover up

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Jack arthur44 mins ago

 0The fact these Paedophiles got away with this for so long is astounding and the victims need justice
A B Dickson16 mins ago

 1I hope the club does not give in to this sort of bullying but rather take responsibility for its own part in any suffering inflicted on these poor young people – and only its part. If the club is principally responsible then it should take the majority of the blame, if minor then the minor part of the blame and if not culpable then no blame. No one should run away from this and no one should be brow beaten into accepting responsibility for something they are not responsible for.

As for moral responsibility, everyone has a moral responsibility including e.g. newspapers and media who stayed silent. -. don’t tell me they hadn’t heard or didn’t know or suspect – and politicians who have failed to pass laws in the past to protect children adequately and have only done so years later. The fact is, this crime was and remains endemic in our society and is routinely covered up in families. As many as 10% of men are thought to be sexual abusers of minors, so there’s no shortage of those with moral responsibility for the facilitation of this crime, to say nothing of the actual perpetrators. All of us need to take a good hard look at what is going on in our own homes, families, among our friends and in our communities if young people are to be protected from these sick criminals.

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ronnie foster14 mins ago

 0If as the club say they have no connection with the boys club did big jock sack Torbet and why the same day jock left was Torbet invited back .

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