An Aberdeen football star today thanked emergency services after they rescued him from a river following a night out.
Gary Mackay-Steven was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia after he was plucked from the River Kelvin in Glasgow by firefighters.
The 26-year-old was on the bench for Aberdeen’s 4-3 victory over Glasgow side Partick Thistle on Saturday and is believed to have been at a nearby nightclub with a fellow player before the river rescue.
Specialist water crews and police officers spent around an hour-and-a-half searching for the winger.
A spokesman for Aberdeen FC today confirmed the player had been rescued and praised the actions of the rescue teams.
He said: “He was treated for hypothermia but is now at home and recovering well.
“On behalf of Gary, the club extends its thanks to the emergency services involved.
“The club will not be commenting further on the matter.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 2.46am on Sunday, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to reports of a man in the water at the River Kelvin near Benalder Bridge in Glasgow.
“Four appliances attended and specialist water rescue crews safely assisted the individual out of the water – he was then transferred into the care of paramedics after suffering the effects of hypothermia.
“Firefighters ensured the area was safe before leaving the scene.”
Police Scotland said the casualty was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.
A force spokeswoman said: “Around 2.40am on Sunday , police received a report of a 26-year-old man in the River Kelvin, Partick.
“Emergency services attended and a full search of the area was carried out with the male being located.
“He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”
Mackay-Steven began his career at Ross County before moving south of the border to sign for Liverpool as a teenager.
He signed for Celtic in 2015, for a fee of £250,000, before securing a two-year contract with Aberdeen last month.