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Alan McLaren

Alan McLaren was a hugely talented and tough tackling defender whose hugely successful playing career was unfortunately cut short by injury at the age of 28.

Alan McLaren in action at Tynecastle in 2008

(Alan McLaren is pictured above, playing in Defence for the Hearts Away side in 2008)

Alan started his career with Hearts in 1987 and made over 180 appearances for the Tynecastle club before moving to Rangers in 1994 - debuting in style with a 3-1 win over rivals Celtic at Hampden.

Alan also won 24 caps for the Scotland national team in a highly successful career, before his playing days were cruelly cut short by a recurring knee injury in 1999.

Alan has been a regular supporter of Football Aid in recent years, and has played in a number of our charity matches at Tynecastle, Ibrox and Hampden. Still a tough competitor, his opposition players in Football Aid matches are treated to the same uncompromising defensive treatment that famously kept Roberto Baggio quiet in a World Cup qualifier in 1992. Football Aid Ball

Read about Alan McLaren's career on Wikipedia. or follow @alanmclaren71 on Twitter.