Former Aberdeen footballer Neale Cooper is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack yesterday.
The 53-year-old spent two spells at Pittodrie during his playing career and was part of the Dons team that won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.
He also played for Aston Villa, Rangers, Reading and Dunfermline Athletic before going on to manage Ross County, Hartlepool United, Gillingham and Peterhead.
Cooper took to social media to thank the staff who treated him.
He said: “After a wonderful day with my children yesterday [on Wednesday] in Inverness, I returned to Aberdeen only to suffer a heart attack in the early hours of this morning.
“Thank you for the rapid response by the ambulance crew from Foresterhill and the surgeons who fitted a stent into my blocked artery in my heart .
“I’m feeling good but resting in the hospital with its wonderful staff supporting me.”
A spokesman for Aberdeen FC said: “ “The news came as a shock to us and everyone at the club wishes Neale a speedy recovery.
“Neale is a regular at Pittodrie with the work he does for our sponsors Saltire Energy.
“He is well liked by everybody and we hope to see him back at the club soon.”