SEX beasts prowled Scots football for decades “in plain sight”, the shocking SFA report concluded.
It said twisted paedos found it easy to continue targeting boys as young as six despite suspicions being raised.
And investigators were shocked at how little protection or support was given to victims — some of whom took their own lives.
The damning findings included a conclusion that “a former senior manager and former board member” at Celtic FC were likely to have been aware of concerns about Jim Torbett’s despicable actions at its feeder boys club — but the authorities were not alerted.
And no evidence could be found to corroborate Rangers FC’s claim they contacted cops after sacking youth coach Gordon Neely in 1991.
Celtic’s claim Boys Club was ‘separate entity’ blown apart as SFA review says feeder teams ‘share history of abuse’
The probe said sickos across the UK worked together to groom boys and traffic them for abuse.
Kim Leslie, of lawyers Digby Brown, said: “It remains to be seen whether this report will help break down the barricades many clubs hide behind. If they’re not part of this solution then they are part of the problem.”
Here we look in detail at the monsters’ warped actions and the lasting impact on victims’ lives.
GORDON Neely would tell boys he’d been “fighting with ghosts” to scare them and raped a 10-year-old while treating an injury, a victim claimed.
Five ex-youth players spoke to the review about being targeted by the depraved ex-Rangers coach, listed in reports as D.
One — named as J Cleland — told how he was raped by Neely while he played for Edinburgh boys’ club Hutchison Vale, aged 10, and said he told ghost tales before attacking kids.
His testimony said: “Mr Cleland informed the Review that on one occasion, when he was aged 10, D removed his shorts and pants and spanked him for a minor misdemeanour such as getting his clothes wet.
“Mr Cleland also told the Review that, on another occasion a short time later, D took him to a back room at the football club, removed the young Mr Cleland’s clothing under a pretext of treating an injury then allegedly raped him..”
He alleges he was raped eight to 10 times by Neely, including once at Hibernian’s Easter Road stadium.
He quit football despite his “exceptional talent” due to the abuse and has gone on to suffer depression throughout his life.
The report notes Neely, who died of cancer in 2014, was immediately dismissed by Rangers in 1991 when a parent complained after he pulled down his son’s underwear and pulled him over his knee.
Rangers have repeatedly insisted they also informed the police, but investigators were “unable to confirm” whether this was the case.
One youth claimed they were inappropriately touched by Neely on a physio table, while another said he suffered a similar incident in the stadium.
The Review commended senior managers at Ibrox for dealing with the allegations but criticised a 1991 article in the Rangers News stating Neely left for “personal business interests elsewhere.”
A CULTURE of “humiliating” young players made it easier for vile Jim Torbett to target vulnerable kids at Celtic Boys Club, a victim claimed.
The SFA review said a former Hoops reserve player, K Campbell, told how his abuse hell led to him attempting suicide several times.
The report, which referred to Torbett as ‘C’, said: “Mr Campbell’s recollection was that there was favouritism shown by some Celtic BC coaches, leading them to play young players off against one another, depending on their talent.
“Some boys were routinely ‘humiliated’ in front of the others and made to do menial tasks.
“He now feels this culture made it easier for his abuser to target the more obviously ‘vulnerable’ young players for sexual abuse.
“He told how it was common knowledge among his peer group that C was engaged in sexual activity with young players.”
Mr Campbell said he was abused by Torbett shortly after joining Celtic BC in 1986, aged 13. He alleged “three other boys were frequently sexually abused while he was present”.
Relatives of another victim, who has since died, alleged he was sexually abused in Torbett’s car.
Later, he suffered problems with his mental health, gambling and drugs and attempted suicide.
Celtic FC has insisted the Boys Club was a separate entity.
But the review concluded it was “possible” that “a former senior manager and former board member” at Parkhead were among those who “may have had some suspicion regarding C’s alleged activities at the time”.
And it found it “concerning” that Torbett was allowed to return to the boys club years after being ditched when concerns were first raised.
The monster was jailed in 2018 for sexually abusing three boys.
He had previously been caged in 1998 for other sex offences.
A TEEN allegedly abused by Celtic Boys Club paedo Jim McCafferty suffered from depression, self-harm, booze issues and died years later.
Relatives told of the impact on their loved one, who met the beast kitman — dubbed E in reports — at junior club Fauldhouse United.
The review heard the lad was first targeted by McCafferty on an away trip to Austria and Germany.
It added: “In adult life R suffered depression for years and developed a serious alcohol related problem.
“He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a period and it is believed that he also continued to self-harm.”
He passed away in 2013.
Another lad said McCafferty subjected him to various sexual assaults on minibus trips.
He said he developed a gambling addiction and was put off becoming a footie coach as he worried people thought he might have a “sexual motive” for getting involved.
And a further boy called McCafferty “manipulative” and said he threatened to tell his parents he was gay to stop him revealing any abuse.
The kitman, who also worked for Celtic, even introduced him to a “legendary ex-player”.
The review also spoke to an alleged victim who said he knew others who had taken their own lives as adults and “his belief was their suicides had been a direct result of sexual abuse”.
The review criticised Hibs and Falkirk for giving McCafferty a job despite allegations emerging in the 1990s.
It stated: “Due diligence should have been exercised in recruitment and appointment at the time.”
The panel said it was “possible” former senior Celtic staff suspected abuse at the time he left the Hoops.
McCafferty, 75, was jailed in May 2019 for six years and nine months for sexually assaulting ten boys.
EX-Rangers youth scout Harry Dunn was suspected of abusing kids — but was never nailed for his alleged crimes, the review states.
The paedo, who also worked for English clubs, was facing trial when he died in November 2017, aged 85.
Investigators found there had been suspicion within the game about Dunn, who was referred to as ‘B’ in the report.
It said: “The review learned a youth coach was increasingly aware B may have posed a risk to young players and we understand he reported this to the English clubs where B was acting as a scout.”
The Scottish FA was also told about his concerns, it is understood. The report adds: “It is possible the alleged activities of B were suspected by some in Scottish football, including coaches in youth football in Edinburgh — who took appropriate action in reporting this to the police.”
The probe found it was “unclear” what action a senior SFA official took after being informed about concerns relating to Dunn.
And several young Scots players also appeared to “have had some suspicion” about the beast.
The review team heard from one alleged victim who said he was molested by Dunn as a teenager.
He said the monster targeted him after forcing him to go into a flat.
The boy alleged he was forced into sexual activity with Dunn, who then bought him sports clothes.
He claimed Dunn later attempted to rape him at his house but the victim told his mum not to tell cops as it might impact his prospects.
The report added that the lad was later offered a contract with an English club and went on to have a long and successful career in professional football.
A BEAST footie secretary left a starlet so distressed by his attacks that he was forced to leave his club, the review heard.
Ex-Forres Mechanics official John Henderson, 79, was previously jailed in 2019 for historic sex attacks on two teens.
And the review — which refers to the perv as H — tells how he targeted a 14-year-old player at the Highland League side by inappropriately touching him in the changing room.
The review heard he targeted the boy again, would watch players shower, and allegedly gave some cash in envelopes.
The youngster said he was forced to leave and told loved ones, but nobody took it further.
The review concluded no-one in Scottish football, including at Forres Mechanics, knew of these allegations at the time.
A SHAMED physio repeatedly sexually abused a lad in his car, leading him to the brink of suicide, the review heard.
John Hart, who died in 1995, targeted the “outstanding prospect”, 13, as he sought treatment for an injury.
The then-Partick Thistle employee allegedly eventually raped victim P.
The player said the abuse continued in his car after he’d signed for the club at 14.
The alleged victim left 18 months later, quit football at 18, said he has attempted suicide, and 30 years on still endures mental health struggles.
The review concluded Thistle did not know of the allegations. It heard he targeted another player at Pollok United, Victim O, who also attempted suicide.
Motherwell FC were commended for a 2016 inquiry into historic accusations by parents against Hart.
It suggested Hamilton FC, where he also freelanced, were told of them.
SUSPECTED paedo linesman Hugh Stevenson left a victim in fear that he had HIV or AIDS, a report reveals.
Ex-youth player Pete Haynes, 50, said he was terrified he had caught the disease after being targeted by Stevenson in the 1970s and 1980s.
He alleges he was groomed after Stevenson offered to get the 12-year-old a team, as he was also a scout.
The review heard he sexually assaulted him in his car, and then it occurred several times a week.
He stopped playing football at 16 because of the abuse, which led to drug issues and a suicide attempt.
The review heard: “As a teenager and young adult Mr Haynes lived in fear he had contracted HIV/AIDS as a result of the alleged rape(s).”
Stevenson died in 2004. The Review praised former SFA chief executive Stewart Regan for visiting Mr Haynes at his home in 2017 to “express regret at what occurred”.
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