OAP will stand trial for historical sex offences linked to Celtic Park and elsewhere

An Uddingston pensioner accused of indecently assaulting a teenager at Celtic Park and another at the club's former Barrowfield training ground will stand trial in early July.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:16 am
Glasgow Sheriff Court

Frank Cairney (85) is also charged with indecently assaulting another teenage boy at an Aviemore hotel room and in a car in Cumbernauld, on various occasions between August 1, 1988 and June 30, 1989.

Prosecutors claim the first boy when aged between 15 and 16 was earlier assaulted within a car in Paisley and in the dressing rooms at Barrowfield between July 1, 1978 and June 30, 1979. It is alleged the boy was repeatedly touched on the thigh by Cairney. He 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 second boy aged 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 claimed Cairney repeatedly hugged him, repeatedly placed his hands underneath his clothing and repeatedly touched his back, stomach, thigh, groin, buttocks and penis.

Cairney, who did not attend court, pleaded not guilty through his defence advocate Mark Lutton.

Mr Lutton said: “He is absent standing the current pandemic."

Prosecutor Graham Macdonald said: “The Crown joins in the motion to set a fixed trial.”

Now awaiting trial, Cairney had his bail continued meantime.