Former Scotland star Kevin McNaughton thanks fans for support after worrying online posts

Former Scotland star Kevin McNaughton has thanked fans for their support after social media posts raised concerns about his well-being last week.

The former Aberdeen and Cardiff player was reported missing for a period of time before he was thankfully found safe and sound in Dundee.

On Sunday night, he thanked people for their messages, saying, “Just a quick message to thank everyone for their support over the past few days.

“I really can’t put into words how much it has meant.”

Among those wishing Kevin well last week was Ross County manager Malky Mackay, his former manager at Cardiff City.

Kevin McNaughton in action for Scotland
Kevin McNaughton in action for Scotland

Mackay said: “I got that news this morning and luckily they found it.

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

“He is a great professional, 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.”

Last Thursday morning it was reported that Kevin’s car was stolen from his home.

This sparked despair as the 39-year-old took to Twitter to explain his distress.

He explained in the post that his belongings in the stolen vehicle were all he had and that the theft had come at a difficult time.

In the post, she said, “To the guy who stole my car, you stole a lot of my clothes at a tough time, you stole my life. It may not mean anything to you, but it was all I had.”

Police confirmed they received a report of concern for a person after the former Aberdeen and Cardiff City star went missing from his home at around 9:05am.

The officers carried out searches and after inquiries, fortunately they found him safe and sound.

McNaughton is currently coach of the youth team at Dundee.

Kevin McNaughton playing for Cardiff City against Manchester United in 2014.

In a glittering career, he made 173 appearances for the Dons and played 254 times for Cardiff before moving on to Bolton, Wigan, Inverness and Forfar.

McNaughton also played for his country and has four caps for Scotland.

After the news, messages of support from former colleagues and friends flooded social networks.

Former Scotland and Rangers forward Kevin Kyle said: “Kev doesn’t really know your circumstances but I’ve been through a lot of tough times myself, I’m glad you’re feeling better and if you ever want to chat my DMs are always open. Wish you best friend.”

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Former Bolton defender David Wheater said: “Love it Kev, good times ahead mate.”

Former Scottish star Charlie Adam said: “Stay strong mate. We’re here for you.”

Former goalkeeper Paddy Kenny said: “I’m glad you’re ok buddy Kev, keep fighting buddy. I haven’t been 100% but you have family and friends who love you so much. Do you ever need a chat? I’m here, friend”.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Kevin McNaughton reacts at full time after the match against Motherwell.

CSKA Sofia winger Yanic Wildschut, who spent time at Cardiff City in 2018, said: “Here for you if I can help you with something superkevv.”

Scottish fan page Inside the SPFL said: “That tweet a few days ago was real, raw and heartbreaking, but it might just be one of the best things you’ve ever done. The outpouring of love and concern for you was genuine. It means a lot to me.” so many, if you ever need to talk, now you know you have thousands who will want to listen.

Meanwhile, Cardiff City FC tweeted a blue love heart emoji in response to McNaughton’s tweet.

Cardiff City FC posted: “Show this man your love and support today. Super Kev McNaughton.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “At around 9.05am on Thursday 27th January, officers received a report of concern for a 39-year-old man in Dundee who had gone missing from his home.

“Officers conducted searches and investigations and found him safe and sound in the Dundee area.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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