Northern Ireland

Ex-football coach Jim McCafferty charged with sexual activity with a child

Jim McCafferty Image copyright Alan Lewis
Image caption Jim McCafferty was arrested on Tuesday after presenting himself at a police station in Belfast

Police in Northern Ireland have charged a former Celtic Football Club youth coach with sexual activity with a child.

Jim McCafferty, who previously lived in Glasgow and joined Celtic in 1990, now lives in Belfast.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He was arrested on Tuesday after presenting himself at a police station in Belfast. He was arrested over offences committed in Northern Ireland.

Mr McCafferty initially worked for Celtic as a scout, later becoming one of the club's kit men and working with the youth team.

For several years Mr McCafferty worked for other Scottish clubs including Falkirk and Hibs, before moving to Northern Ireland about seven years ago.

He is not believed to have worked in football in Northern Ireland in any official capacity.