A former youth coach involved in Scottish football has been given a further jail sentence after admitting a series of child sex abuse crimes. Jim McCafferty, 73, was a coach and kit man for the Celtic youth team who also worked for Celtic Boys Club.

He admitted in Court, 12 charges related to child sex abuse against 10 teenage boys between 1972 -1996 and sentenced to six years, nine months in prison and was already serving a jail term for previous abuse.

The incidents took place in several locations across Scotland – including team showers, hotel rooms and minibuses. The High Court in Edinburgh heard that among the complainers were former professional footballers and some of his victims developed alcohol and mental health problems as a consequence of the abuse he subjected them too.

Judge Lord Beckett said McCafferty was “physically intimidating” and used his “overpowering” nature to achieve his “depraved objectives” of abusing young boys and added “You took advantage of your position of trust as a football coach to groom and then sexually abuse boys who played for your teams.

He is the fourth man connected to either Celtic or Celtic Boys Club to be found guilty of historical child sex abuse in the past year, along with Jim Tobett, Gerald King and Frank Cairney.


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