Gerald King, the former Celtic Boys Club Chairman has been convicted of sexually abusing 4 boys and a girl in the 1980’s. The victims were aged between 9 and 13 years at the time of the assaults. King was convicted of using lewd and libidinous practices towards victims from August 1984 to April 1989.

King, who was coaching at a primary school in the north of Glasgow when he committed the crimes, has been given a 3 year probation order. He will be supervised throughout the time of the order and must carry out 240 hours of unpaid work. King has been placed on the sex offenders register for a period of 5 years.

The conviction of King came weeks after the Club’s Founder; Jim Torbett was also convicted of child sexual offences. Torbett was jailed for 6 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing 3 boys. Torbett was first jailed in 1998 for 2 years for the sexually abuse of 3 former players. He returned to the Club in 1980 and he remained with the Club until 1996.

The former manager of the Club, Frank Cairney has also been convicted of the sexual abuse of young footballers. Cairney was found guilty of 9 charges of abuse and will be sentenced next month. Cairney was acquitted in 1998 of similar charges.

Detective Chief Inspector Laura Carnochan, of the National Child Abuse Unit, said:

“Reporting such offences is incredibly difficult and reliving these experiences can be traumatic. I hope King’s sentencing today for a number of those offences will reassure his victims that their reports were taken seriously and that they were acted upon.

Gerald King’s offending has now been made public and he will be closely managed going forward to ensure that he will never be in a position to abuse anyone else.”


Jordans Solicitors represent victims who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting activities. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil case. Our abuse team can be contacted free on 0330 300 1103 or you can request a call back and a member of our team will contact you.

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