Celtic’s Paul Hartley has become the latest Old Firm star to be targeted by thieves.
The midfielder’s luxury car was ransacked by robbers who stole six pairs of football boots, thought to be Diadora ProLine Axeler’s, valued at £600.
The 31-year-old’s £50,000 five-series BMW had been parked near his flat in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
Last night, a source revealed the raid had left Hartley “gutted”.He said: “He’s really annoyed. Hamilton is Paul’s home town and he never gets any bother, even though he is a big fish in a small pond.
“This is the first trouble he’s really had and he’s gutted that it happened.
“He couldn’t care less about the boots, it’s just the fact that he seems to have been deliberately picked on that’s bothering him.”
Hartley moved into the flat early last year after breaking up with his teenage sweetheart Elizabeth in 2006.
Last night, police confirmed they were investigating the theft from Hartley’s car. A spokesman said: “A number of pairs of football boots were stolen. We would be keen to hear from anyone who is offered cheap football boots.”
The theft came just a day after the Record revealed that a man was jailed for breaking into Gordon Strachan’s home just a few miles away in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.
Earlier this year, thieves stole jewellery and football memorabilia from former Celt Tosh McKinlay’s home, also in Bothwell.