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Ex-Scottish Premiership player faces jail for stealing £15k from elderly grandad

Ex-Scottish Premiership player Grant Adam faces jail for stealing £15k from his elderly grandad, according to reports on Monday afternoon.

The 30 year old today admitted helping himself to money from his grandfather’s Post Office account while he had Power of Attorney over the pensioner’s finances.

Adam, who is brother of ex-international turned Dundee captain and TV pundit Charlie Adam was not personally present when his case called at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Arriving: Rangers goalkeeper Grant Adam arrives at Glasgow Sheriff Court
Credit: Daily Mail

He had originally been charged with stealing over £22,000, but his solicitor Jim Laverty tendered a plea of guilty relating to the reduced sum of £15,000.

Adam of Grampian Gardens in Dundee, admitted taking £15,000 while acting as Power of Attorney for Charles Adam.

He committed the offence at Balmoral Terrace, Whitehall Street, Fintry Road, Albert Street, The Hawthorns and elsewhere in Dundee.

Adam admitted that he “failed to act in accordance with the duties and powers conferred on him” as a continuing Power of Attorney for his grandfather.

The court discovered that he withdrew the cash from a Post Office account and appropriated the funds for his own use and not for the benefit of Charles Adam.

Adam used to play as goalkeeper for Scotland under-21s and was a League Cup winner during a spell with St Mirren.

He had spells at several Scottish Professional Football League clubs including Dundee, Forfar, Dumbarton, and Morton and represented his country at age group level on more than 20 occasions.

He also played a total of 159 games in the Scottish League and latterly played junior football in Dundee.

Sheriff George Way deferred sentence for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment until next month.


In September 2020, Adam was admonished after he admitted pushing his partner and repeatedly booting a patio door during a heated argument at her house.

He was allowed to escape any punishment on that occasion after the same court heard he and his victim were back in a relationship.

In that case, Adam admitted to acting in a threatening or abusive manner which caused fear or alarm on the 14th of September 2019.

He admitted shouting, swearing, kicking the patio door a number of times and pushing Kirsty Rowlands on the body at her Finavon Street home in Dundee.

Part of the charge, which alleged Adam pinned her against a wall, seized her mobile phone and deleted a video, was dropped by the Crown.

Solicitor Scott Norrie, defending, told the court: “Their relationship is back on track so there are no issues as far as that is concerned.”

Back in 2012, Adam was fined a total of £500 for chanting a sectarian slogan outside a nightclub.

He was arrested after he was heard singing “Hey, hey, f*** the Pope and the IRA,” outside the Corinthian in the centre of Glasgow.

He also has a domestic assault conviction from Ayr Sheriff Court in 2014, when he was ordered to carry out 135 hours unpaid work in the community.

His brother Charlie Adam earned 26 Scotland caps during a career which saw him play Liverpool, Stoke, Reading and Blackpool. He currently plays for Dundee in the SPFL.


Youth career
2007–2010 – Rangers

Senior career
2010–2012 – Rangers
2011 → Forfar Athletic (loan)
2012 → Airdrie United (loan) – 14 games
2012–2013 – St Mirren
2012–2013 → Airdrie United (loan) – 8 games
2013–2014 – Cowdenbeath – 11 games
2014 – Airdrieonians – 16 games
2014 – Dundee
2014–2015 – Greenock Morton – 13 games
2015–2016 – Cowdenbeath – 12 games
2016–2018 – Forfar Athletic – 36 games
2019–2021 – Downfield
2021– Lochee United

National team
Scotland U16
2007–2008 – Scotland U17 – 11 games
2009 – Scotland U19 – 4 games
2011–2012 – Scotland U21 – 6 games

Twitter users reacted as ex-Scottish Premiership player faces jail for stealing £15k from his elderly grandad…

@murphy_gun: Anything to say about this @Charlie26Adam?

@CHUCKY_r_la: His brother Charlie was certain he’d only be able to steal £5k

@dunleavy138: Did he pawn his sash

@__lippylipez__: How much is he worth for keeping out of prison 😱 @Charlie26Adam

@EdFiftyNine_: I don’t have a large list of ex-Dumbarton players I genuinely hate but this clown is right near the top

@total_celtic: Hi @Charlie26Adam maybe you should be talking to Grant about robbing your own family rather than getting upset over a song about your sisters pants….unless he stole them also?

@RobertStephen27: Wonder if he hid it in his sisters pants 🤣 What a scumbag stealing from your grandparents

@Pedmcc: I wonder what @Charlie26Adam has to say about this? Will it be everyone elses fault for singing about your sisters pants?

@Aoifes_daddy: Guys just a wee scumbag …. 😳😳 Surely if he was in need of money , his brother would’ve helped him. Bigot ✔️ woman beater ✔️ soon to be the jail …..

@Liam_H_11: Wonder what Charlie Adam has to say about this

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