Al­leged vic­tim tells trial boys signed for club be­cause of Celtic con­nec­tion

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BY DAVID MEIKLE AN EX-PRO foot­baller has claimed he was mo­lested by a coach with close links to Celtic le­gend Jock Stein.

The for­mer player told a trial boys were keen to play for Frank Cair­ney’s team be­cause he trained them “the Celtic way”.

But, giv­ing ev­i­dence yesterday, the wit­ness told how, when he was a boy, Cair­ney rubbed his thigh while driv­ing his car.

And he claimed boys at St Columba’s Boys Guild in View­park, La­nark­shire, didn’t want to be alone with him be­cause of “ru­mours”.

The 67-year-old, who played for Hamilton Ac­cies, Al­loa and Stir­ling Al­bion, said he didn’t tell any­one be­cause he feared Cair­ney could harm his ca­reer.

Cair­ney, now 82, de­nies sex of­fences against five boys aged 14-17 and two 12-year-olds.

Some of the abuse is al­leged to have hap­pened at Celtic’s old Bar­row­field train­ing ground.

The wit­ness told ju­rors yesterday: “Frank Cair­ney man­aged the team and he was ex­cel­lent and had won­der­ful close links to Jock Stein and we used to train the Celtic way, as they would say, and that is why so many good play­ers came from View­park.

“There was a kitchen in the church hall where he had a bed and would give us a pro­fes­sional rub but you didn’t like to go in your­self be­cause there had been ru­mours.

“When it hap­pened to me I knew what they were talk­ing about. It hap­pened to me a cou­ple of times maybe four.

“There was also a time when I was run­ning late and Frank of­fered to give me a lift and when he was driv­ing put his hand onto me and started rub­bing my thighs close to my groin and only stopped when we got to the end of the road.

“I didn’t say any­thing be­cause I was em­bar­rassed and scared to say any­thing.

“I wanted to play foot­ball and wanted to con­tinue play­ing foot­ball so didn’t say any­thing.

“He had links and could say to an­other team not to sign me or some­thing so I kept my mouth shut.

“The way it hap­pened showed he didn’t give two mon­keys and I think he thought, ‘He won’t say any­thing, he won’t do any­thing.’”

Cair­ney faces charges he abused a 14-year-old boy be­tween Septem­ber 1969 and De­cem­ber 1972; and an­other 14-year-old boy be­tween Jan­uary 1985 and De­cem­ber 1986.

He is ac­cused of in­de­cent as­sault against three boys aged be­tween 14 and 17, be­tween May 1965 and May 1970. Cair­ney also de­nies in­de­cent be­hav­iour against two 12-year-olds be­tween De­cem­ber 1965 and De­cem­ber 1969.

The trial at Hamilton Sher­iff Court con­tin­ues.

BIG JOCK Stein was re­spected

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