FORMER Sauchie Juniors player Alan Hansen has been taken to hospital, amid reports he is “seriously ill.”

Media outlets reported on his condition, with one of his former clubs Liverpool extending their support.

Sauchie Juniors followed suit, sending their support to their ex player and sharing a photo of Hansen at Beechwood.

The statement said: “Our thoughts and prayers are currently with former player Alan Hansen and his family as he is currently ill in hospital.

“Alan, who is undoubtedly the town of Sauchie’s most famous son, spent his youth career at Sauchie Juniors before securing a move to Partick Thistle in 1973 to join older brother John.”

One of the town’s most famous sons, Hansen spent his younger life in Sauchie and secured a spot in the team in his teenage years.

He left the club in 1973 to join his brother John at Partick Thistle, spending four years at Firhill before making the move to European giants Liverpool.

The veteran centre half played the rest of his career at Anfield, going on to win the First Division eight times, two FA Cups, four League Cups and three European Cups during his time there.

He was capped 26 times for Scotland between the years of 1979 and 1987. After his retirement, he went onto form a career in the media for himself, covering the Euros and World Cups for the BBC.