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Stateside – Attorney at Law looks at the Celtic Paedophile Scandal

Written by: PHIL WHITE
Thursday, 20th December 2018

On Monday, I sent an email to a New Jersey based Attorney at Law who specialises in Claims and Compensation cases as a result of criminal acts.

I provided him with details of the Celtic Paedophile Ring Scandal including newspaper reports on the recent convictions of Celtic Youth officials James Torbett, Gerry King and Frank Cairney and the forthcoming trial of youth coach Jim McCafferty.

Further, I provided the attorney with transcript from a section of a very damning article published in Scotland on Sunday 18th August 1996, which outlined crimes alleged to have been committed by Frank Cairney on American soil:

"In 1991 the boys' club had been to Kearney, New Jersey - an annual tour to the Irish part of the state with players staying at the homes of Catholic families - and one boy, no longer at Celtic but now a professional player in Scotland, had alleged to his hosts and to his own family that he had been assaulted by the team's general manager, Frank Cairney.

The boy's father took him to Celtic Park to have it out with Liam Brady who was then only months in the job as team manager. The club's chief scout John Kelman was also present.

It was Brady's first serious and most affecting problem in a troubled time at Parkhead which did not last long. He listened to the boy, believed him, and insisted to the board that Cairney had to be removed, not only from the boys' club but from any association with the main football club. So, overnight, the man who was used to having his run of the place and the ear of the management, was cast out.

It was agreed, by Brady, the boy and his parents and the then Celtic board, that the police would not be informed. The young player was assured that the alleged incident would have no effect on his future career at the club. However, signed statements were taken by Celtic's lawyers from the four adults who had been on the New Jersey trip. All were sworn to silence. Cairney was now away from the football club and its nursery - business commitments was the given reason - but Jim Torbett was back playing a major role, first as a fund-raiser then back with the boys' club. Torbett had maintained his connections with Celtic."

I then asked the attorney three questions:

1)      Would any secrecy pact made by Celtic's lawyers negate the chances of a victims success in any future compensation claim?

2)      Would a compensation claim in the USA be a viable proposition with a reasonable chance of success?

3)      How would you initially estimate the monetary value of any such claim?

The Attorney replied next day requesting further information, which I provided. Subsequently he answered the three questions with a rather long-winded statement which can be summed up thus:

1)      No, not at all.

2)      Yes, very much so.

3)      At least 6, probably 7 figures.



by John McCrae


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