Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Psst. need a deal on a strip
story taken from the Scottish Sun. July 6th
BRAZEN thieves nicked thousands of pounds worth of Celtic stars' strips - after ransacking a special shipment of brand new kit.
The yobs raided a delivery of first-team tops set for Parkhead as they were flown in from Brussels.
They swiped 63 of next season's green and white jerseys - worth more than £3,600 - earmarked for Hoops aces including Artur Boruc and Scott Brown.
Last night it emerged the alarm was only raised when the load arrived at at Celtic Park on Sunday morning - when a courier noticed the boxes had been tampered with.
Furious Hoops staff then called in cops after discovering a pile of the jerseys had gone.
A source said: "People are always desperate to get their hands on the new kit, but this is taking it a bit far." Last night, police urged fans NOT to be duped into buying the stolen shirts on the black market.
The source added: "The 13 boxes with 544 shirts arrived at Glasgow Airport on Sunday from Brussels.
"Someone noticed some of the containers had been opened and resealed. When the delivery got to Celtic Park and was counted, it was discovered over 60 tops were gone.
"The missing shirts are worth about £3,685. The police are investigating but it's not clear exactly when the shirts were stolen."
Next season's home strip - bearing new sponsor Tennent's name - was officially launched by Celtic boss Neil Lennon last week and goes on sale next Wednesday.
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "Inquiries are ongoing." Last night Celtic declined to comment.
It's not the first time the club has been hit by a shocking theft.
In 2006 a Parkhead worker nabbed a strip from a shrine to Hoops legend Jimmy Johnstone after he died of motor neurone disease aged 61.
Read more: http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/