Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Celtic IRA yob claims to have found flag on seat


THE shamed boyfriend of Gordon Strachan’s niece was banned by Celtic for life yesterday for waving an IRA flag at the Old Firm game.

Yob Aaron Laing, 21, was hammered by the Hoops after he was captured holding an Irish flag with the terrorist group’s name scrawled on it.

And last night, after hearing of the club’s ban, the lout fan said: “Well, that’s my life over, then.”

Laing, of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, has been dating 17-year-old Ellis Paterson — daughter of Celtic manager Strachan’s sister Laura, 42.

The grinning yob was photographed waving the banner as he watched Saturday’s match at Ibrox.

Furious Hoops chiefs vowed to ban the thug. But they were left red-faced when the lout was identified — it was discovered he’d been dating Strachan’s relative.

Manager ... Gordon Strachan
Last night one source said: “Laing goes all over Scotland and Europe to see Celtic.

“His girlfriend’s dad Davie Paterson is married to Gordon Strachan’s sister and gets tickets for the games from the Celtic manager.


“He goes on the Grampian Emerald Celtic supporters’ bus regularly and there will be people on that bus totally ashamed at what he has done.

“It’s a complete embarrassment for the supporters’ club and I would imagine Gordon Strachan and Celtic won’t be too happy about it.”

Last night shamed Laing claimed the stunt was “drunken stupidity” after finding the flag beside his seat.

Laing said he travelled alone on the train to the match and bought the ticket from a tout outside the ground.

And he even claimed his antics were not sectarian.

Dating ... Laing with Strachan's niece Ellis
He said: “Even though I’m ashamed about it, it’s not a sectarian flag. The British Army are a lot worse than that.”

He added: “I was very drunk. I found the flag at the side of the seat.

“It was a moment of drunken stupidity. I regret it completely. I’m ashamed.

“I shouldn’t have picked it up, but in the heat of the moment I did. He confirmed he’d been dating Ellis but claimed they had split up.

He said: “We had a thing quite a while ago but that has been finished for months.”

Last night Parkhead chiefs refused to comment. But a Parkhead insider said the yob had been banned for life.

The source said: “The club does not tolerate this type of behaviour.”

Ellis’s Bebo site displays the IRA slogan Tiocfaidh ar la or Our Day Will Come.

Last night her family refused to comment at their home in Aberdeen.
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