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Falkirk complete McNamara swoop

Jackie McNamara
Jackie McNamara is set to play for Falkirk next season

Former Celtic and Aberdeen defender Jackie McNamara has signed for Falkirk.

McNamara was released from his contract at Pittodrie at the end of last month after less than a season.

The 34-year-old, capped 34 times for Scotland, has had his career hampered by injuries and made just 17 starts for the Dons.

He will now join up with his former Celtic team-mate John Hughes at the Falkirk Stadium.

After leaving the Pittodrie last month, McNamara hinted that he would like to continue playing and take his first steps into management but has signed a two-year deal with the Bairns.

"I played with John at Celtic - in fact I travelled with him for over a season," he said.

"He is well respected in the game and I am looking forward to working with him again."

The Falkirk manager was equally delighted to have secured the experienced defender.

"Jackie is different class. The ultimate professional, who can play in a number of positions," Hughes told the club website.

"For the youngsters at the club it will be brilliant to train and play with him.

"Jackie has bags of experience at international level and importantly experience in big games and of winning things, something we will need at Falkirk if we are to kick on and take the club to the next level."

The Bairns have also completed the signing of Dermot McCaffrey from Hibernian.

The 22-year old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

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