Man charged with indecently assaulting teens at Celtic Park

Francis Cairney is charged with indecently assaulting three teenage boys in the 70s and 80s.

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A man has been accused of indecently assaulting two teenagers at Celtic Park and the club’s former Barrowfield training ground.

Francis Cairney, 85, 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 a boy aged between 15 and 16 was earlier assaulted in 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 another boy 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 claimed Cairney repeatedly hugged and groped the teenager.

Cairney, who did not attend court, pleaded not guilty to the charges through his defence advocate Mark Lutton at a hearing in Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A further hearing was set for March by Sheriff Alan Mackenzie.

Cairney, of Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, had his bail continued meantime.