Footballer Adam Strachan jailed for carrying knives

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Former Partick Thistle and Ross County midfielder Adam Strachan has been jailed for 12 months after he admitted carrying knives on two occasions.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to possessing a knife at Sanda Street, in Glasgow's west end, on 9 February.

He also admitted possessing two knives at Maryhill Road on 9 September.

Strachan was previously given an 80-hour community payback order in 2009 for abusing at an ex-girlfriend.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Strachan was found with a knife on 9 January during a routine police check.

'Harsh words'

He claimed that he had it on him for protection.

It was heard that the second incident started at a food store in Maryhill Road.

Defence lawyer Bill McLuskey said there was "nothing other than harsh words exchanged between him and others".

He said a girl then had something spilled on her and that was the "trigger" to a much more serious incident where a group of males had threatening Strachan.

Mr McLuskey said his client immediately went in to the shop and bought a pack of two knives.

He could be seen on CCTV tearing the packaging off as he leaves the shop.

Police were called and Strachan ran off, throwing the knives away. The court heard they were never recovered.

Passing sentence Sheriff Andrew Normand told Strachan he was an "intelligent" person and had talents that could be put to another use.

He said: "It's particularly unfortunate you are before the courts for committing an offence of this nature."

Strachan played with Clydebank's junior side last year but was out of work following his last conviction.

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