Ryan Giggs’ alleged relationship with former Big Brother star Imogen Thomas would have remained private had he not taken out an injunction protecting his privacy Max Clifford claimed today. Mr Clifford said his client, Imogen Thomas never intended to go to the papers with her story and the matter would ironically have remained out of the public glare had Giggs NOT taken out the injunction.

Mr Clifford added, ‘She came to me because she wanted to make sure the story didn’t come out and that’s the irony of it – if Ryan Giggs hadn’t taken out a super-injunction, we probably wouldn’t know what had been going on. It’s only because of that, and of course the fact that, in that super-injunction that he got to protect his privacy and that of his family, he named Imogen, that the whole thing started down that trail that led to it coming out in Parliament yesterday.’

And therein lies the twist. Whilst Ryan Giggs probably did want everything to remain private, the super injunction itself causes sufficient mystery to get the media sniffing and give column inches and airtime to “C” & “D” list celebs trying to raise their profile in the same way as the shaven headed, bodybuilder type bodyguard attracts attention to the publicity seeking celeb telling the world how important and famous they are that they need the biggest bodyguard they can find.

Ah well, at least super injunctions aren’t entirely useless!