A football-daft youngster was left gutted after thieves nabbed a set of goals from his garden.
Eight-year-old Finlay Mackenzie, from Aberdeen, immediately noticed that the posts were gone when his mum Kerry opened the living room curtains.
Kerry said: “He said, ‘Where are they?’
“I phoned his dad Scott, who was at work, to see if he had moved them when he was tidying up his garden, but he hadn’t.
“There’s just a big space where they were.”
Dons fan Finlay was left wondering why anyone would steal his beloved goals from his home in Northfield.
Kerry said: “Finlay plays there constantly with friends.
“He kept asking, ‘Have you found them? Have you found them?'”
Last year Findlay dressed up as football legend Willie Miller for World Book Day – and became an internet hit as the “Wee Willie Miller”, pictured.
The youngster, who attends Bramble Brae Primary School, later received a signed copy of The Don, direct from Willie Miller.
Dad Scott, 30, a salesman, toured the neighbourhood looking for the 4ft by 8ft posts, which were taken yesterday.
He said the thieves had denied youngsters the chance to stay healthy – and emulate their heroes like leading Dons goalscorer Adam Rooney.
He said: “It’s especially disappointing at this time of year when kids are playing outside.
“They want to be fit and active.
“They want to be the next Adam Rooney and it’s taking away their tools.”
Despite the goals being snatched, Finlay and his pals continued to kick a ball in the front garden.
Kerry, 33, a student, said: “There is just a bare patch of earth but they said we’ll just pretend the goals are still there.
“It was quite sad to see.”
Since appealing over social media for help in finding the goals, the family have been given a replacement set from company Rejuven8.
Kerry added: “Gordie from Rejuven8 was fantastic and he was a complete stranger to us who got in touch to say he had a similar thing done to him when he was a child.
“It was so nice that someone you don’t know could give us this.”