Ex-Scots footballer Martin Hardie could be jailed

Hardie played for St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and Dunfermline among other SPFL clubs. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Hardie played for St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and Dunfermline among other SPFL clubs. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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A FORMER Scots footballer could be facing jail after a two year stalking campaign against his ex-partner.

Martin Hardie terrorised Kirsty MacLeod - including climbing up a drainpipe to spy on her.

The ex-St Johnstone and Dunfermline midfielder also repeatedly turned up Miss MacLeod’s work in Braehead shopping centre.

Shamed Hardie admitted at Glasgow Sheriff Court to a stalking charge spanning September 2012 and November 2014.

The 38 year-old, of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, was bailed and will learn his fate later this month

Prosecutors state Hardie “engaged in conduct” which left Miss MacLeod in “fear or alarm”.

The charge he pled guilty to included him turning up Miss MacLeod’s flat in the city’s Mansewood, clambering up a drainpipe and “did watch or spy on her through a window”.

Hardie also repeatedly telephoned and texted Miss MacLeod.

It is also stated the ex-footballer showed her up at her work and “attempted to engage in conversation”.

Hardie also took a photo of Miss MacLeod’s vehicle and sent it to her.

He had previously denied the allegations before admitting his guilt.

Former midfielder Hardie was a fans favourite at Partick Thistle before joining Kilmarnock in 2003.

He also played for Dunfermline, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Morton as well as two spells at Airdrie.

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