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. Did the huns lose to the mini huns again? Hunbelievable. Hunners a huns in hummel kit hummin tonight.

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Karma and all that.



    I wonder how many tweets the Sevco loving professor will get tonight.

  3. wee Huns making hoopy hearts purrrrrr …..might make my Championship wee team for next season….




    smiley Mc Foisty is going to run oot of pauses thing




  4. Don’t tell me………………..



    it’ll aw aboot Kaos….and the hun defeat/ loss/ humblin’ / shock will be lost in the stramash……

  5. Down on a Thursday, Up on a Saturday. Big incentive now tomorrow and we have the safety net if we do slip up anywhere at least the Huns won’t win it.

  6. The sausage cuts off after game so I miss the bitter tears… The rage ,the disbelief of how can it happen again



    And wait till slippy hears Liverpool got beat 😱😜

  7. FF guys taling it well already




    Gerrard is finished



    Times up Gerrard



    Season over : A spectacular collapse and failure

  8. TV Spoke to Herts manager, where’s slippy?? Has he spat the dummy oot wi Premier sports as well😂😂😂



    Right Celtic let’s beat St Johnstone mañana and get in semis the orcs will go into meltdown at the thought of us winning another treble.





    D. :)

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Just saw the goal.



    Another defensive howler, in a long list of howlers, by Tavernier.

  10. IN not happy with that result !



    “Where do we begin? Where can we even start on easily the most disgraceful 90 minutes of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers reign?



    We’re going to sum it up thus:



    That was the most gutless, spineless, most pathetic performance we can remember from a Rangers ‘team’ for years.



    No invention, no aggression, no energy, as once again the classy XI who shone on the continent failed to show up at Tynecastle, and the bottom-placed side AGAIN deservedly beat Rangers.



    Immediately reaction from some fans is this manager simply cannot deal with the SPL, and there may be merit to that, but it clearly applies to the players too.



    This level of lame capitulation was shameful, it was a shambles, it was unacceptable to the Rangers shirt, and we can simply not remember a worse, more inept and clear apathetic ‘performance’ by a Rangers XI ever, frankly.



    The players out there, for the most part, looked like they simply didn’t care. Not that they weren’t up for it, but that they simply didn’t care.



    This match mattered more to the fans and the manager than it did the players, and even though we’ve had our criticisms, many, of the boss, the players owed at least the FANS a performance, given the league was as good as gone.



    Nope, they didn’t care about this one either, don’t care about the fans, and we can barely reconcile what’s happened since New Year with what preceded it.



    We’d say we’re lost for words but the preceding rant suggests we’re not.






  11. I really want Hearts to stay up.Two great away games on a pitch.I want Hamilton to go down.Dont give a fek for their fans,but we have enough plastic fekin pitches,and horrendous stadiums.


    Fantastic result tonight,and Premier are poor shit.No interview with Seethin,no reaction from Huns.



  12. The hearts manager to be fair spent an age celebrating in his own dug out.


    If I was an opposing manager with a resignation letter just weeks away…i would be down the tunnel too.



    I think the manner of sevcos defeat tonight will be a big bearing…one half attempt on goal all night.


    Looks to me like they chucked it.



    Big problems at the big hoose.




  13. hehehehehehe a Bear Pit melt down after a loss makes oor braw CQN look rather laid back and cool…




    smiley must be the schools fault thing




  14. Ye should all remember too that the wee fat colombian might have made a difference.



    It wisny his fault he was late back.

  15. Hearts have won five of their last 25 matches.







    St Mirren


    Rangers x2



    smiley a braw wee Stat thing