Survivors of historical abuse at Celtic Boys Club are becoming a member of collectively to launch group legal action for damages towards Celtic FC.
Thompsons Solicitors Scotland, which represents round 25 abuse survivors from the boys membership, is utilizing new powers which got here into legislation final yr to deliver the proceedings.
It has now positioned a discover within the Daily Record newspaper stating it intends to ask the Court of Session to make an order granting permission for group proceedings to be introduced by or on behalf of varied shoppers towards Celtic Plc, and calling for different individuals who need to a part of the proceedings and make a declare to contact them.
The new group proceedings powers enable two or extra individuals with claims that are the identical, related, or associated to boost proceedings in a single action in court docket.
Patrick McGuire, accomplice with Thompsons, instructed the Daily Record: “This is completely unique. I know of no other group actions, or involving such a large number of claimants, against any other club in Europe.”
He added: “This case can be about whether or not Celtic FC are legally chargeable for abuse that happened at the boys membership.
“Group proceedings are a very new part of the Scottish system, introduced by an Act of Parliament, and we’ve looked at the rules and taken the view they’re our most appropriate vehicle.”
Quite a few senior figures at the boys membership, which was not formally affiliated with Celtic FC, have been jailed for intercourse abuse.
The membership has beforehand stated that it’s “appalled by any form of historic abuse”.
A Celtic spokesperson instructed the Daily Record: “The club is continuing to deal with these sensitive matters in conjunction with its advisers.
“The membership once more expresses its honest sympathy, remorse and sorrow to these affected and reiterates that it’s going to stand by its obligations, respecting the due means of legislation.”
The latest legal action comes after Thompsons last year launched two “check circumstances” at the Court of Session brought against Celtic by survivors.
Mr McGuire said the question of perhaps including the test cases in the group action was “actively below overview”.