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 way am I swallowing the Morelos story.Anyone see any stories about him being allowed to fly back to Columbia.Something wrong here.Fat controller taking over the narrative here.Last throw of the dice,no strikers,would anyone leave out their only striker.Play him,discipline him after.No way is this true,but this will be the narrative.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    AIPPLE on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:13 PM









    Think I am rumbled.







    I did get away with this post the other night when the were chatting about the BBC.







    “That said, let’s not punish all the other sides of the BBC that are important. We need the animal documentaries for the kids to learn about how we are felling forests and what life is like in the jungle.”







    It’s the small things in life.






    Ye Gods.



    You`re a bloody star.


    Hiss take of gigantic proportions.


    Playing the wee Greta / Attenborough card .



    Who could possibly object to that ?



    Respectissimo , my fellow Tim .

  3. Guy on twitter claiming Gerrard has “signed far too many black players and Rangers have lost their team identity & morale”. Sheesh ……




    Good lady is from over here and I showed her Slippy interviews from last week and she said “he’s not a coach.”

  5. Pardon Gene ..



    smiley wis jist a wee link to Durty waters and virus livability in a Hun thing




  6. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    A ha hahahahahahahaha………..I thought they were playing tomorrow and just saw the score.



    Win on March 15 and their season is finished when the German’s pap them out the following Thursday.



    A ha hahahahahaha.

  7. Still down about Thursday’s match , but the huns getting booted out the cup has really made me feel happier.



    Just the tonic I needed, and dare I say it ; For many of us.



    Please Celtic, don’t put me into depression tomorrow.



  8. Turkeyboy , heard there was unrest at Greyskull si ceDubai break. Their new wonderboy at the bacl was even worse than the ref !

  9. Something very odd about the Morelos thing. He was whisked away in a private vehicle after last weeks game. Wonder if they were drug testing.

  10. From FF.



    AIPPLE said:


    A smile will help you! Made me chuckle a little.



    What do Rangers and the Coronavirus have in common?


    Both are in Europe but neither have turned up in Scotland.



    Vin Patrol Replied:


    best we can hope for is corona virus to shut down all football everywhere in the world rest of season.domestically and european :)

  11. A triumph of man management. The most important game left in the season and they start with Morelos at home, Defoe on the bench and a winger with 5 starts as their striker

  12. Just seen Gerrard interview clip, although it wasn’t on at the time… strange



    What a twat.



    D. :)

  13. Greenpinata,



    I had such high hopes for us in Europe this Season. Thursday was a desperately low moment for this Cracking Celtic team.



    The path is clear now to go and get a 2nd 9 in a row and also a quadruple treble.



    This is just Incredible for a Club that isnae the most welcome in its host Country.



    These are the most Monumental of Times.



    Embrace and Njoi them as you never know the minute.




  14. I bought a bottle of Black Bottle Whisky at Tesco’s last week for £15.00.




  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    AIPPLE on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:39 PM



    Was just about to copy and paste that .



    Hissing myself , mate.



    AYE. And people calling you names.


    You`re a very naughty boy , Aipple.




  16. Premier sports will be gutted that sevco are oot.


    They will be praying to god that we get through tomorrow


    If not I am sure they will just give the rest of the live scottish cup games to bbc shortbread for £14.50 and Rob Mclean.

  17. Lazydynamite


    Whereas supporters of the English game subscribe to Sky and BT and get all the games – Scottish fans need to fork out on a pay per view for the cup.

  18. GENE on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:58 PM



    Sadly it is not pay per view.



    You have to subscribe to the crappy channel to watch celtic games.


    I would be happy to pay one off payments.



    But you are right…getting involved with premier sports is a joke.

  19. Just got banned from FF.



    Oh well. Off for beer now.



    Can’t believe the evil on there though. Truly awful. Had some folks liking my posts which was hilarious!



    It’s the hope that kills them.



    HH all.

  20. Gerrard: “We’re great when we’re the underdogs but we struggle when we’re expected to win.”



    The Liverpool owners must be inking him in for the managers job when Klopp leaves



    Looking forward to the difficult third season

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    AIPPLE on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:49 PM



    Well ahead of you , mate.


    Adequately watered myself.



    Still glowing from hun discomfiture.



    Remember. Drink sensibly .


    Nah. Burger that .


    Get stuck in.

  22. prestonpans bhoys on




    I got banned a few years ago but did wind them up a good two months beforehand👍👍👍✌

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    There`ll probably be a few huns on here dobbing you in .



    Thanks for the laughs.

  24. glendalystonsils on

    I can’t look at that St. Mirren strip without seeing those wee German guys with their Lederhosen.

  25. macjay1,



    A team that drinks Together…….






    Celtic is progressing well.



    Wee Karamoko ready to go into the first team?



    …as GP says Thursday was a tough wan to take, the Danes deserved to go through, their coaches tactics were excellent.