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Former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper in ‘critical condition’ after collapse

Cooper remains in intensive care but police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Neale Cooper

Former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper has been left in a “critical condition” after falling at a block of flats.

The 54-year-old – who was part of the Dons team which lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983 – is being treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police Scotland have confirmed officers were called to a report of a man who had collapsed within a communal stairwell in the Ferguson Court area of Bucksburn at around 1.45am.

Cooper remains in intensive care but police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

In a statement given to Press Association Sport, Detective Inspector David Howieson said: “Police enquiries have been ongoing throughout the night to establish the full circumstances however the incident does not appear to be suspicious.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we have dealt with the incident.”

Cooper broke into the Pittodrie line-up during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as Dons manager.

As well as being a member of the Reds’ Gothenburg Greats line-up following their famous 2-1 win over Real Madrid, Cooper also helped the club become the only Scottish side to win two European trophies after beating Hamburg to claim the Super Cup.

He also has two league winners’ medals following the Dons’ championship triumphs of 1984 and 1985, while he won the Scottish Cup four times and League Cup once.

After leaving Aberdeen in 1986 he went on to have stints at Aston Villa, Rangers, Reading, Dunfermline and Ross County.

He started his managerial career with County and has also had spells in charge of Hartlepool, Gillingham and Peterhead.

Aberdeen are among his former clubs who have tweeted to offer Cooper their best wishes.

The Dons posted: “The thoughts of everyone at Aberdeen FC are with former midfielder and Gothenburg Great, Neale Cooper. Keep fighting Neale.”