A FORMER Scottish Premier League footballer, who played in two Scottish Cup finals, has admitted the theft of postal packets and their contents while employed as a postman.

Alan Lawrence, one of Airdrieonians' Scottish Cup heroes of the 1990s, pled guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to stealing postal packets and their contents valued at £500.

Lawrence, 51, of Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, carried out the theft from Airdrie Delivery Office, Buchanan Street, between May 31, 2011 and May 31, 2012.

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Sheriff Collins deferred sentence until next month for background reports, including supervision and unpaid work. Lawrence was ordered to reappear then.

He left court refusing to make any comment.