Heartbroken Joe Harper has paid tribute to fellow Dons legend Neale Cooper who died in hospital yesterday afternoon.
Joe, who regarded Neale as one of his best friends, said: “I’m absolutely devastated.
“He was a pal, he was a son, he was everything to me.
“He was only a kid when I first knew him, but he became one of my best friends.
“I just can’t believe this has happened.
“He was such a happy-go-lucky bloke – he was so well liked.
Gothenburg Great Neale was found collapsed at a block of flats in the Ferguson Court area of Bucksburn at around 1.45am yesterday.
The 54-year-old was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in a critical condition where he sadly later died.