Former Celtic Boys Club coach Frank Cairney, 81, appeared at Hamilton Sherriff Court yesterday. He was charged with gross indecency and indecent assault with one charge relating to his time at Celtic Boys Club.

Cairney was a senior figure at the Parkhead club in the 1970s. He made no plea yesterday and was released on bail following the brief hearing, but was warned that he could not contact any of his alleged victims or anyone under the age of 18. Further investigations will be made.

One of the alleged charges was committed between 1974 and 1975 and directly relate to Cairney’s time at Celtic Boys Club. The remaining charges all relate to alleged incidents that occurred between 1965 and 1969, before his time at the Glasgow club.

A former Rangers youth football scout also appeared in court accused of historical sex abuse charges. Harry Dunn, 84, from Edinburgh, is charged with one allegation of assault and sodomy and a second charge of assault and attempted sodomy. Dunn worked for Rangers, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Dunn was arrested by police officers in March. He also entered no plea and was released on bail and the case was continued for further investigations.

A major inquiry was launched by Police Scotland into non-recent child abuse in football last year after the sport was rocked by claims from former players across the UK. Numerous professional clubs have started internal investigations. The Scottish Football Association has also set up an independent review into allegations across the game in Scotland

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