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Former Celtic player and Leeds trialist Andre Blackman admits to 'moment of madness'

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The defender has admitted shoplifting in court this week.

It is fair to say that the relatively short footballing career of left-back Andre Blackman has been very intriguing, if not puzzling, and today it took another interesting turn.

The left-back has been charged with theft after admitting to stealing a £1,225 jacket from Harrods.

The Blackpool player, who has not played since November and is surplus to requirements at the club told the judge, as reported by the Mirror:

"It was just a moment of madness. It was not something that I intended to do, or something I do regularly.

"I'm just absolutely speechless."

For Blackman, it is yet another odd twist in a clearly promising but topsy-turvy footballing career.

He has already chalked up 11 clubs in his short career to date. He spent time on the books at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth before starting his professional career with Bristol City.

They released him after three months and he then went on to play for AFC Wimbledon before joining Celtic in a shock 2011 deal. He went on to play on loan at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but was kicked out by Terry Butcher because of his poor attitude, according to the Daily Record.

After that came spells at Plymouth Argyle, Dover Athletic and Maidenhead United.

Then in the summer came his shock trial with Leeds United. It was reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post in May that he was on a two-week trial at the club. He even traveled with the club during their pre-season training in Italy.

No deal at Leeds ever came about, and the former Celtic man signed for Blackpool in September.

But he has played just three games for the club since his arrival, being hauled off after 17 minutes in his final appearance for the club back in November.

Leeds certainly made the right decision on this player, who will now aim to get his career back on track elsewhere.

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