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Former Rangers youth player faces jail for drug offence

A FORMER footballer once on Rangers' books faces a prison sentence after police seized a large stash of cocaine he had stuffed into his underpants.

Steven Blair was arrested in October after officers stopped his car in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

A £410,000 haul of cocaine was discovered - including a package of the class A drug.

The 28-year-old turned to crime after a failed football career. Blair was at the Ibrox club before signing for Newcastle United in 2002.

However, his career on Tyneside was not a success and he returned to Scotland to work as a scaffolder.

Blair faces a prison sentence after pleading guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Officers initially found one package in the car and Blair said: "That's coke, mate." A second parcel was discovered in the vehicle, on October 2, before Blair, of Castlemilk, Glasgow, was searched at a police station.

It was there he confessed he had more of the drug concealed in his underwear.

The court heard that it was accepted Blair had been acting only as a courier.

Tony McGlennan, defending, said Blair had been of "good character", but got into debt due to gambling.

Judge Lord Burns remanded the first offender, and deferred sentencing for reports.

Contextual targeting label: 
Drugs

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