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Malky Mackay extends well wishes to former Aberdeen and Cardiff City player Kevin McNaughton

Kevin McNaughton.
Kevin McNaughton.

Ross County manager Malky Mackay has extended his best wishes to his former player Kevin McNaughton.

A series of messages posted by retired defender McNaughton on social media sparked concern on Thursday morning, with the 39-year-old subsequently traced safe and well.

His posts prompted widespread messages of support from football figures across the country, including from Ross County’s own Twitter account.

Dundee-born McNaughton began his career with Aberdeen, where he came through the youth ranks before establishing himself as a key member of the first team.

During his time at Pittodrie, McNaughton gained his first caps for the Scotland national team and went on to make four appearances for his country.

McNaughton moved on to Cardiff City in 2006, where he became hugely popular among the supporters.

Following the arrival of Mackay as manager in 2011, McNaughton helped the Bluebirds reach the League Cup final the following year, only to lose to Liverpool on penalties.

In 2013, McNaughton was part of Mackay’s side which helped Cardiff win the Championship title to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Malky Mackay during his spell at Cardiff City.

Upon hearing of McNaughton’s situation, Mackay said: “I got that news this morning, and thankfully he has been found.

“Kevin is someone that meant a lot to me in terms of our time together at Cardiff. There are some real fond memories.

“He’s a terrific pro, and what a champion for Cardiff City he was.

“After hearing that news, I just reiterate wishing him and his family nothing but the best.”

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