FORMER Hibernian striker Garry O’Connor has walked free from court after he was accused of exposing himself at a North Berwick hotel.

Mr O’Connor, 38, was alleged to have told a hotel worker "do you want to see a real man’s b***y?" before dropping his trousers and flashing his buttocks.

The ex-Scotland international was also said to have asked Calum Tennant "do you know who I am?" during the exchange at the Marine Hotel.

Mr Tennant claimed that Mr O’Connor dropped his trousers and exposed himself at the hotel reception area before fleeing with a friend following the alleged incident on June 30, 2018.

Police were called and Mr O’Connor, from North Berwick, was eventually identified and traced to his home address two months later.

The former footballer denied he had dropped his trousers and underwear but he had unbuckled his belt to show off a scar on his hip as he needed a taxi to get home and had trouble walking.

Mr O’Connor, who scored four goals in 16 appearances for his country, told police officers: “I did not try to expose myself – I told him I’d had a hip operation and needed a taxi.”

Mr O’Connor denied charges of public indecency and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, and stood trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Monday).

The court heard from witness Mr Tennant, who said that Mr O’Connor and a friend arrived at the hotel at abut midnight on June 30, 2018.

He asked to be served alcohol but was refused as the bar was closed and then asked for a taxi to be called to take him home.

Mr Tennant, 26, told the court: “I informed them the bar was closed. He tried to coax me into it but I kept saying ‘no’. He then asked me to call him a taxi.

“He said to me: ‘Do you know who I am?’ I said I didn't care [who he was].

“He was sitting with his friend chatting and he came over to me. He said: ‘Do you want to see a real man’s b***y?’ or something like that.

“He looked happy to be doing something dumb. He came up to the side of me and undid his pants.

“I told him to get the f*** out of my hotel. I didn't want to see that.”

Mr Tennant told the court he looked away before Mr O’Connor had exposed himself and the former star and his friend left the hotel soon after.

The matter was then reported to the police and Mr O’Connor was eventually cautioned and charged on August 15.

The court was shown CCTV footage of the alleged incident, which Mr O’Connor claimed was him proving to the hotel worker that he could not walk home as he had recently undergone a hip operation.

Mr O’Connor gave evidence to the court and said that he had been housebound for six weeks prior to the incident due to the hip operation.

He said he had enjoyed a family meal that evening before staying out drinking with “an associate”.

Mr O’Connor claimed that the hotel employee had been “aggressive” towards him following a misunderstanding about a taxi being called for the pair.

He said he unbuckled his belt and pulled his trousers down a short way to show off his scar on his hip but strenuously denied any allegation of exposing himself.

Following the evidence, Sheriff Chris Dickson acquitted Mr O’Connor of a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and uttering offensive remarks at the hotel.

And after a short deliberation, the sheriff decided the public indecency charge had not been proven by the Crown and told the former footballer he was free to leave the dock.

Mr O’Connor, who currently runs his own youth football academy, also played for Russian clubs Lokomotiv Moscow and Tom Tomsk, as well as Birmingham City, Barnsley and Morton during a 16-year playing career.