Celtic 'reiterate sympathy, regret, and sorrow' as club responds to historic sexual abuse review

Celtic have responded to the independent review into historic sexual abuse in Scottish football.
A general view of Celtic Park stadiumA general view of Celtic Park stadium
A general view of Celtic Park stadium

Several teams were named in the report including Celtic Boys' Club.

The review found young people may have been abused from the 1970s until the early 1990s because they were failed by adults who did not act despite “reasonable cause for suspicion” they may have been at risk.

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The Scottish FA has called on clubs to apologise to those harmed, without the need for allegations to be “tested” in a criminal court case.

Hibs, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, and Falkirk had already issued apologies in the wake of the review’s completion.

Celtic's statement in full read: “Celtic welcomes the publication of the Final Report following the Independent Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football. The club recognises the courage of all those who came forward and contributed to this review.

"The abuse of young people is an abhorrent crime, which has unfortunately affected many organisations within Scottish football, indeed Scottish society as a whole.

“The club has publicly expressed its sincere sympathy, regret and sorrow to all those affected across Scottish football including at Celtic Football Club and Celtic Boys’ Club, something which the Independent Review acknowledged and welcomed. Today we reiterate this apology.

"Since the publication of the report, Celtic has been working with the Scottish FA and Scottish football as a whole to review those recommendations and to strive to make Scottish football a safer place for young people.

"The club remains fully committed to continuing to prioritise welfare and safeguarding protections for our young people, including working with the Scottish FA in respect of the Recommendations in this Report.”

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