Ex-Celtic pplay­ery caught with knife

Un­paid work or­der

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

A for­mer Celtic star­let has been or­dered to carry out un­paid work after be­ing caught with a knife in Cam­bus­lang.

g Ryan Caird (17), had the four­inch blade in his track­suit top pocket at 7.40pm on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2013.

He was searched by po­lice i n Cam­bus­lang, a n d spent two nights be­hind bars be­fore ap­pear­ing at the city’s sher­iff court.

In Oc­to­ber last year he ad­mit­ted be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the knife and was given a de­ferred sen­tence for good be­hav­iour.

Last week at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court, Sher­iff Charles McFar­lane QC handed Caird a 12 month com­mu­nity payback or­der with the con­di­tion he does 200 hours of un­paid work.

Caird, from Cam­bus­lang, has since left Celtic although hopes to re­turn to foot­ball again.

Caird was with friends in Cam­bus­lang’s Taber­na­cle Lane when po­lice spot­ted him.

He was shout­ing and swear­ing and walk­ing back­wards away from the group to­wards the po­lice with his hands in the air.

Of­fi­cers asked if he had any al­co­hol after smelling it and he al­lowed them to search him.

After plead­ing guilty at court Caird said: “The rea­son I had the item was be­cause I was at a friend’s house fix­ing a PlaySta­tion game that had got­ten stuck and put it in my pocket with­out think­ing.

“It has had a big im­pact on my ca­reer but I am happy with and ap­pre­ci­ate the support from Celtic, Scot­land and my school.

“It was tor­ture spend­ing a week­end in cus­tody.”

Caird apol­o­gised at the time for bring­ing shame on his club say­ing: “I’m sorry. It won’t hap­pen again. I have learned my les­son.”

I’m sorry. It won’t hap­pen again

Sentenced Cam­bus­lang

For­mer Celtic player Ryan Caird, from

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