Dons star in hospital after being pulled from Glasgow river

Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven

A Dons footballer who signed for the club this summer is reportedly being treated for hypothermia after jumping into a river on a night out.

It was reported that Aberdeen player Gary Mackay-Steven was pulled from the River Kelvin in Glasgow by a fireman in the early hours of Sunday.

After the alarm was raised the fire service dispatched a boat from Polmadie Fire Station in the Southside of the city and the footballer was later taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

It is understood he had been on a night out with another footballer prior to the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “Around 2.40am on Sunday, August 27, police received a report of a 26-year-old male 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.”

A fire spokesman added: “At 2.46am on Sunday, August 27 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.”

A force spokeswoman said:“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.”

Mr Mackay-Steven had been in the squad for the Dons’ visit to Glasgow where they triumphed 4-3 over Patrick Thistle but did not come off the bench.

The attacker began his career at Ross County before moving south of the border to sign for Liverpool as a teenager.

Following this he moved back to Scotland and was called up to the national team following impressive performances for Dundee United in 2013.

He signed for Celtic in 2015 for a fee of £250,000 before resigning for Aberdeen in this transfer window.

Twitter users took to the site late last night to express their concern for the player. One posted: “Hope Mackay-Steven turns out alright, an hour and a half in freezing water doesn’t sound like the best time.”

Aberdeen FC could not be reached for comment last night.

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