In an article in the Daily Telegraph Hansen responded to the Hillsborough Independent Panel report of September 2012 by writing: "I have encountered ignorance about Hillsborough on many occasions finding myself having to correct the inaccurate version of events. Hansen was selected for the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough playing in the opening six minutes of the match before the game was called off. In the 1982–83 season Liverpool once again took the league title and held on to the League Cup defeating Manchester United 2–1 after extra-time in the final at Wembley.
As a pundit Hansen has acquired a reputation for his critical and analytical approach to the game particularly in regard to defending. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle Liverpool and Scotland.