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We were the first club in Scotland to appoint a safeguarding officer, developing policies for the protection of young people and monitoring and reviewing our procedures to ensure they continue to reflect best practice.

 

Yes...only because you had to, due to the previous investigation no doubt.

 

They are the only club in the world that could release a statement like that. Instead of the focus being purely on the victims they still manage to spin a positive about how they are leading the way in this area. Shameless

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16 minutes ago, Bluedell said:

Celtic Football Club Statement

By: Newsroom Staff on 07 Nov, 2018 12:45

 

Allegations regarding abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club first emerged in the 1990s.  

The following is from Torbett's first trial in 1998:

 

Two issues dominated the trial - the evidence of the three victims and whether Celtic and manager Jock Stein were involved in a cover-up going back over 20 years.

 

Rumours had circulated for years about Torbett and young boys at the club - which acted as a nursery for Celtic and produced players such as Paul McStay, Charlie Nicholas, Tommy Burns. and current striker Mark Burchill.

 

The alleged cover-up emerged during the evidence of Mr Hugh Birt, 61, the club's photographer who resigned as president of the Boys' Club in 1986.

 

Mr Birt claimed that, after he became president in 1974, Celtic legend Jock Stein told him he had kicked Torbett out the door.

 

He said the matter was all ''covered up'' by Celtic as to why Torbett was put out.

 

Mr Birt said that when Torbett returned to the boys club a few years later as a fund raiser the allegations about him started up again.

 

He claimed he took them to Mr Stein, and told Celtic vice chairman Kevin Kelly about them but nothing was ever done.

 

Mr Birt said when he became president of the Celtic Boys' Club in 1974 the first thing Mr Stein said to him was to ''keep the image of Celtic clean''.

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9 minutes ago, buster. said:

Celtic lawyers would have been working on it a while for the reasons you state and probably have got it 'double legaled' to be sure.

 

You'd imagine they'll take a hardline with any victims wanting to sue. Doubt they'll want a queue to form for out of court settlements. May be one to keep an eye on. It's fortunate for Celtic fans that they have so many court reporters to keep them abreast of any developments.

The problem I foresee for them is that whilst they can "now" claim that they are separate entities - back when the abuses took place it would be a more difficult ask of them.  It is abundantly clear that these victims considered that they were playing for the youth system of Celtic.

 

They distanced themselves by paying 20k (I believe) for the Celtic Boys Club to change name to St Patricks.  It looks sinister from the outside looking in.

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25 minutes ago, craig said:

The problem I foresee for them is that whilst they can "now" claim that they are separate entities - back when the abuses took place it would be a more difficult ask of them.  It is abundantly clear that these victims considered that they were playing for the youth system of Celtic.

 

They distanced themselves by paying 20k (I believe) for the Celtic Boys Club to change name to St Patricks.  It looks sinister from the outside looking in.

Bottomline............I hope the victims get some pay back and the club if it were true to it's advertised morales would volunteer to recompense them.

 

For Corporations and (taking) Responsibility....read....Oil and Water

 

 

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