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Thursday, 24 February 2011

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Celtic coach Alan Thompson has been fined £600 and banned from driving for 16 months after being caught one and a half times over the limit last October.

While the coach pleaded guilty, his lawyer Gerard Branqueville is appealing against the conviction on the grounds of entrapment.

Branqueville told the press yesterday that "my client is to appeal this charge as he firmly believes that the whole affair was part of the general conspiracy against his employers, Celtic Football Club, that is continuously being waged by the rest of Scottish football.

On this particular occasion my client feels that he was entrapped by a number of individuals who had disguised themselves in order to conceal their real motives.

Mr Thompson recalls , while drinking in the 'Flying Tumbler' hostelry in Bishopbriggs, a shady character wearing an unconvincing wig and handlebar moustache buying a number of large gin and tonics for him.

My client states that this character , in spite of this dubious disguise, bore more than a passing resemblance to a member of the press with whom Mr Thompson had a number of heated encounters during his spell as player with Celtic FC between 2000 and 2007.

My client also remembers being bought a pint of lager by another occupant of the same drinking establishment who possessed features akin to one Alistair McCoist - namely, he indulged constantly in witty banter and also had slightly chubby cheeks that inferred he was perchance losing his personal battle to lose weight.

In sum, Mr Thompson forcefully alleges that these persons willingly took advantage of his emotional fragility in the wake of his employers' 3-1 defeat that day at the hands of their bitter rivals, Glasgow Rangers FC and did conspire to manipulate my client into a state of over imbibing".

The Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini, would not comment on reports that the appeal would be heard in the court of one Sheriff William King.

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