TORY MSP Adam Tomkins has been criticised after he appeared to make a joke about child sex abuse on Twitter.

Jackson Carlaw’s new Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Strategy took to Twitter on Thursday night after Celtic were knocked out of Europe by Copenhagen.

The legal academic turned politician tweeted: “Not the best week for Celtic, then..... #SorryNotSorry”

Users of the social media site were certain the MSP was referring to news that Celtic could be pilloried in a report commissioned by the Scottish Football Association on child sexual abuse.

No fewer than four former coaches of he Celtic Boys Club have been convicted of abusing boys.

Celtic FC has always maintained that Celtic Boys Club is a separate entity.

But speaking to Channel 4 News, Martin Henry, chair of the Independent Review into Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football, said the club had an “inescapable” obligation to accept responsibility for the crimes of Celtic Boys Club.

It’s speculated that Celtic FC could face “millions of pounds” in compensation claims.

Responding to Tomkin’s joke, campaigner Joanna Barrett said: “To be so flippant about the sexual abuse of children is unedifying and wrong. Please do better.”

Commentator Gerry Hassan tweeted: “This is not a good look for a national Scottish Tory MSP who is an academic & sees himself as a thinker & intellectual. Engaging in willfully partisan & puerile football points having a dig at Celtic from a Rangers perspective.

Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Trobett, 72, was jailed in November 2018 for six years, former general manager Frank Cairney 84, was jailed in January 2019 for four years, fellow Celtic Boys Club coach and Celtic FC man Jim McCafferty, 73, was jailed for six years and nine months. 

Tomkins has been approached for comment.