MSPs feeding on distress


“The Club reiterates its sincere sympathy, regret and sorrow for those affected.”  “The Club is very sorry that these events took place.”

So read a statement by Celtic on historic child abuse allegations concerning Celtic Boys Club, issued on 26 February, before two consecutive items on Channel 4 News, in the latter of which, Alex Thomson said, “To date, not a single football club has issued a public apology.”

The broadcast actually carried the Celtic statement a few moments later.  That feels unnecessarily crass, Alex.  Several clubs have failed to issue a public apology for historic child abuse, only one in Scotland that I am aware of, issued an apology.

Celtic are not, as accused by Channel 4, silent on the matter.  They have now issued four public statements.

Celtic have been or are in dialogue with police, lawyers and victims.  As far as I am aware, they are the only Scottish club to have paid compensation to victims – this is all on record, Alex, payments made to victims – on record.  On-going dialogue – on record.  Public apologies – on record.  They are just not speaking to you, which is not actually that important.

What Channel 4 News authorised was vile attempts to reduce child abuse to football banter by Adam Tomkins, Tory MSP, who after Copenhagen’s win Tweeted, “Not the best week for Celtic, then….. #SorryNotSorry”

When it was put to James Dornan, SNP MSP, that Celtic and Celtic Boys Club were not linked, he responded, “It’s a complete nonsense, all the evidence suggests… that the Boys Club and the Football Club were intrinsically linked.”

Where is this complete nonsense coming from Mr Dornan, because here is what Celtic wrote: “although Celtic Football Club is a separate organisation, we take these extremely seriously because of the historic contacts between the two organisations?”

MSPs are feeding on distress.

What happened is vile and caused untold damage to the lives of many victims.  No amount of money will properly compensate for what happened, but sensitivity and diligence is required.  So too is responsible and accurate reporting.

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  1. No Bobby Does It Petta on

    Very clear, very deliberate handball, right in front of Stevie McLean.



    No penalty.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Dear God.



    Blatant cheating.



    ” Missed ” the hun hand ball.



    Sees the Hearts hand ball .



    Norn Irn commentator insists on sending off for the Hearts player.



    All the hun ducks in a row.

  3. lets all do the huddle on

    to be fair if we were playng inverness at home last night it would have been much less than half full



    i always want away cup games



    even if its 30 bang bangs a brief 🤦🏻‍♂️

  4. Handball for pen against Sevco.


    Not seen.


    Handball when Hearts score.




    Specsavers to the rescue.

  5. Hearts denied stonewall penalty for which the zombie should also have been booked. From the corner that was given a hearts player used his hands to put the ball in the net. Goal ruled out player not booked. Zombies wanting him sent off and going absolutely tonto- stevie g and mental McGregor in particular.



    Just got away with a penalty that led to it all but that wasn’t enough for them.



    I thought it was only Jonny foreigner who tries to get players booked? No?



    The best thing of it all is the complete indiscipline of sevco on and off the field.



    McLean is their best player and they are still giving him pelters

  6. Hearts goal rightly chalked off,but not many more stonewallers than that.Crazy situation,because the Hearts guy that punched on the cross should have been off.Referee,totally inept the whole of the 1st half.Looks clueless.Will need to see this penalty again,because no idea,if Ref can see it.I will reserve my judgement.

  7. The most obvious penalty of all time.


    Thought first he was giving Hertz a goal from resultant corner but I think he saw handball OK. The Huns were pleading with him to send the Hertz man off.


    Total Robbery.

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    I admire your sense of fairness.


    However ……………


    The referee`s a hun.

  9. McGregor – is a horrible, horrible Cnut, basically everything that is wrong with the human species. Again a horrible Cnut.



    Would not be surprised if ref sends hearts player off in the changing rooms at halftime. Cheating bastards.



    D. :)

  10. If we have our a game and the right gameplan for the zombie dome we should smash them.



    Oh, my negligence in not cancelling premier sports I’d gettimg me a Celtic game and el classic tomorrow…. happy days.

  11. Wonder if the Huns will be cited for misconduct…


    Won’t hold my breath waiting though …😜

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    DAVID66 on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 6:31 PM



    Mc Gregor.





    Remember all the follow through assaults he got away with earlier in the season .

  13. State of theat fekin Mc Gregor coming off at half time.Screaming at the Ref to give the Hearts player a red card,after witnessing a stonewall penalty denied.Dirty cheating piece of scum.

  14. Sorry Mc Jay,from the replay,I cant see if the Ref can see the penalty.Was a bit sneaky.A few players in between.

  15. Macjay1 and Turkeybhoy – exactly



    Also they are going on as if Sevco are hardest done by guy not being sent off. But Hearts were denied a free shot at goal in a penalty



    D. :)

  16. Edmondson appears to use his hand…hearts player certainly used his hand.. try and be fair in commentary

  17. OVERSEASBHOY on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 6:34 PM


    how can the fourth official disallow without a monitor? shocking







    no prob …..


    Collum can see behind him, too

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