Dons legend Neale Cooper was today in a critical condition after being found seriously injured in Aberdeen.
Police are investigating after the Gothenburg Great was found collapsed in the communal stairwell of flats in the Ferguson Court area of Bucksburn at around 1.45am yesterday.
The 54-year-old was taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where it is understood he is on a life support machine.
Police are investigating the cause of the retired footballer’s injuries, however, they are not believed to be suspicious.
Detective Inspector David Howieson said: “Police inquiries were ongoing throughout the night to establish the full circumstances, however the incident does not appear to be suspicious.
“I would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we have dealt with the incident.”
Joe Harper – who regards Neale as one of his best friends – said he had spoken to the former midfield star’s family. He said: “The whole family is devastated.
“The police are looking at CCTV but it does seem like an accident, that he fell down some stairs and hit his head on the concrete.”
Former Dons captain Willie Miller wished him all the best “from his Gothenburg family”.
He said: “We were all together for the Gothenburg reunion just 10 days ago.
“It is a blow, especially on the back of Alex Ferguson’s news, but on behalf of his Gothenburg family we hope the best for his family – his wife, children and mother.
“He is a larger-than-life character but we can only hope that the care he receives will get him through.”