Dons star recovering at home from hypothermia after Glasgow river plunge

Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven

Dons star Gary Mackay-Steven is recovering at home after being pulled from a Glasgow river.

The 26-year-old was rescued from the River Kelvin on Sunday morning following a night-out in Partick.

The Scotland cap, who is understood to have been out with another footballer prior to the incident, spent around 90 minutes in the water before being pulled out by firefighters.

He was then treated for symptoms of hypothermia by emergency services before being taken to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Mackay-Steven was part of the Aberdeen squad who traveled to Glasgow for the side’s 4-3 victory over Partick Thistle earlier that day but remained an unused substitute throughout.

A spokesman for the club said: “We can confirm Gary Mackay-Steven was involved in an incident in the River Kelvin on Sunday morning.

“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.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Around 2.40am on Sunday 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.”

Specialist crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were also involved in the rescue.

A spokesman added: “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.”

Mackay-Steven spent two years in Glasgow with Celtic before making the move to Aberdeen in the summer.

He also played for Ross County, Liverpool and Fulham as a youth but made his senior debut for Airdrie United, before moving to Dundee United.

Football fans throughout Scotland took to social media on Monday to pay tribute to the star and wish him a speedy recovery.

Dons supporter Ally Begg wrote: “No matter the circumstances, I sincerely hope Gary Mackay-Steven is okay and recovering from what must have been a very worrying situation.”