Man accused of indecent assault at Celtic Park has trial date set

Francis Cairney, 86, is due to go on trial next year over various historic assaults.

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A man accused of indecently assaulting a teenager at Celtic Park and another at the club’s former Barrowfield training ground will stand trial in January.

Francis Cairney, 86, is said to have committed the crimes against the two boys between July 1978 and December 1988.

Cairney is also charged with indecently assaulting another teenage boy at a hotel room in Aviemore and in a car in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire on various occasions between August 1, 1988 and June 30, 1989.

Prosecutors claim one of the boys, when aged between 15 and 16, was assaulted within a car in Paisley, Renfrewshire and in the dressing rooms at Barrowfield between July 1, 1978 and June 30, 1979.

The charge states that the boy was repeatedly touched on the thigh by Cairney.

Cairney is further charged with repeatedly punching and slapping the same boy to his head and body at Barrowfield.

It is also alleged that Cairney assaulted the other boy when he was aged between 15 and 18 within the Barrowfield dressing rooms as well as Celtic Park between February 1 1986 and December 31 1988.

It is also claimed Cairney repeatedly hugged him, repeatedly placed his hands underneath his clothing and repeatedly touched him.

Cairney, who had his attendance excused at Monday’s hearing, continues to plead not guilty to the charges.

He was due to go on trial earlier this year at Glasgow Sheriff Court but it was adjourned administratively.

Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC also fixed a pre-trial hearing for December.

Cairney, of Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, continues to remain on bail.

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