David Hagen the winner as Rangers see off Falkirk and Hearts

Fans turned out to support ex-Falkirk, Rangers and Hearts midfielder David Hagen at the former player's benefit game.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22nd October 2018, 9:24 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 4:26 am
Friends and family gathered with Hagen in the boardroom pre-match. Picture Michael Gillen.
Friends and family gathered with Hagen in the boardroom pre-match. Picture Michael Gillen.

The midfielder who also played for Clyde, Peterhead and Livingston was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year.

Falkirk, where he played most of his career, collaborated with Rangers and Hearts to organise the tribute game at The Falkirk Stadium where Rangers won 4-0 thanks to goals from Lewis Mayo, ex-Stenhousemuir man Andrew Dallas and a double from Josh McPake.

Friends, family and fans turned out to show support for the 45-year-old who played more than 140 games for the Bairns and still lives locally.

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Hagen was guest of honour on the field before kick-off. Picture Michael Gillen.

He broke through at local boys club Grahamston before signing for Rangers as a schoolboy, reaching the first team in the early 1990s side on their run to nine-in-a-row.

A move east to Hearts saw him enjoy more regular first-team football before a return to Falkirk where he spent five years at Brockville and under Alex Totten, who spearheaded the recent fundraising drive.

After the Bairns he starred at Livingston, Clyde and Peterhead before winding up locally again at Bo'ness United.

As well as the weekend's match, which kicked off later to allow for the Rangers first-team match at Hamilton to conclude, fans and friends have been fundraising with bucket collections and a special tribute evening with ex-team-mates at Behind the Wall.

Rangers won the match against a combined Falkirk and Hearts side. Picture Michael Gillen.

Proceeds from Falkirk FC historian Michael White's latest instalment of the club's history will be donated to the MND Scotland charity and the David Hagen fund. A JustGiving page to support the footballer is also approaching it's target. Click here to access.

Money generated from the sale of Michael White's latest instalment will help sufferers of the disease like Hagen. Picture Michael Gillen.