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. Aberdeen,dire.If Saints only had a striker.


    Ah well,Aberdeen ,Hearts,or Hibs,await the winners tomorrow.u

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    PETEC on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 9:10 PM





    Spirits well and truly lifted , Pete , after what was a ………


    Well you know what it was.



    If Celtic don`t win the cup , then the huns can`t.


    Can`t complain about that.



    Any word from D.D. ?

  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Dons in the semis.



    McInnes deserves credit.



    I am no fan of his team’s style of play or of the way he projects. ….. but



    He keeps finding a way to keep Aberdeen competitive at the business end of knock out tournaments.



    Baffled by calls for him to go.

  4. prestonpans bhoys on




    Remember the moment l was sussed oot, wiz brilliant, got cat and dogs abuse. Final post ‘get the brits oot now’ 😂😂😂😂😂👏👍✌

  5. corkcelt on 29th February 2020 9:21 pm


    Just got a text. Juventus in lockdown. 3 Players tested positive for Corona Virus.

  6. Juventus have immediately stopped all training sessions and put all their Under-23 players in quarantine after a trio from Serie C side Pianese tested positive for the Coronavirus. The Old Lady announced the decision this evening, because the last opponents they faced were Pianese, who they defeated 1-0. With the illness spreading in that club, it has affected three players and the team manager. Juve have told their Under-23 players to remain in their homes until March 8, but thankfully nobody has shown symptoms of the respiratory disease.

  7. Just checked source, now saying it’s 3 opponents of team Juventus Under 23s played who are down with virus. Juventus Under 23s in quarantine, Seems inevitable that this will affect games at some stage.

  8. Hunplusion tonight, lovely stuff. Gerrard must stay for the ten.



    We’ve a job to do tomorrow so focus, Celtic.

  9. prestonpans bhoys on

    So many Huns wanted to speak to me on Friday, wonder if they reciprocate Monday😂😱😵😁

  10. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


    H h heh heh heh heh


    Ho ho ho ho ho ho


    Hee hee hee hee hee


    Chortle chortle


    Snigger snigger

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 29th February 2020 9:16 pm ,



    I dinnae ken if Garry is alright, I hope he is, others a lot closer will be able to say. I know he is Headstrong about so many things.



    Tyson last week was Powerful. He was so Tiny when Born.

  12. Hot Smoked on 29th February 2020 9:18 pm



    After a ropey start, yeah I agree.



    Lenny is wan of the Greatest Peacemakers of our Time, IMO.



    Love is always gonnae win – hence Celtic doing what it does in a hate filled environment.



    To have the Sevco Supporters laud Neil getting the Prestigious Gig. Incredible.



    The Big Man is @ it. ;))

  13. I don’t think Gerrard has any intention to walk away.



    His hints about resignation have possibly drawn some of the sting away from the criticism he’s due.



    Perhaps I’m cynical…

  14. Celtic need to be very aware.



    Celtic need to realise the threat.



    10 is gonnae be the hardest to get.



    Neil – stop being so stubborn. :))

  15. An Dun on 29th February 2020 11:22 pm



    I’m now very apprehensive about tomorrow…







    Celtic over 3.5 goals.



    Anger is an Energy….. Thankfully it isnae traded.

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