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CONVICTED paedophile Jim Torbett is raking in a fortune from Celtic FC.

The founder of Celtic Boys' Club was jailed for molesting three young players.

But Celtic Football Club has continued to work closely with the sex offender's company, The Trophy Centre.

They are his biggest clients, worth around pounds 250,000 each year.

Last night the club refused to comment on their contract with Torbett's firm.

But Celtic are under mounting pressure to walk away from the controversial business deal.

One of Torbett's victims David Gordon, 39, now a Glasgow taxi driver, said: "This man is a convicted sex offender and registered paedophile.

"Why the hell are Celtic still doing business with his company?"

Pervert Torbett, 52, was released from Barlinnie prison last November after serving less than half of his two-year sentence.

He was jailed in 1998 for acts of indecency with three young boys.

His victims included Alan Brazil, who went on to become a Scotland star.

But, while he was behind bars, the profits were piling up. As a director, Torbett owns a 95 per cent stake in the company, which stocks football memorabilia.

At the time of Torbett's conviction, former Celtic chief Fergus McCann said he would be "reviewing" the situation.

But the club honoured the remaining year of the contract and opted to renew its relationship with the firm.

It now faces growing criticism, especially as Rangers have cut all ties with The Trophy Centre.

Celtic Boys' Club secretary Robert Wilson said: "I'm sick of this. We just run the boys' teams.

"But how we've still got them after all this I don't know."
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Author:Cummins, Fiona
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2000
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