Ex-Dundee United star Gary Mackay-Steven speaks for first time on Glasgow river rescue

Former Dundee United man Gary Mackay_Steven with now-boss Derek McInnes

Former Dundee United ace Gary Mackay-Steven has broken his silence on the River Kelvin incident that left him with hypothermia.

Speaking to the Evening Express, the now-Aberdeen winger put the river plunge down to a “silly night out” in Glasgow.

Fire crews were called to the scene, with specialist water-rescue officers deployed to help the stricken footballer last month.

Mackay-Steven admitted to “consuming some drinks” before “jumping over a wall” and falling into the water.

The 27-year old has now fully recovered from the ordeal and went on to thank those who plucked him to safety.

He said: “With being in the water so long I had hypothermia which was a little dangerous at the time, but I was soon back to normal after it.

“I had a night out and some drinks were consumed.

GMS in his Dundee United days

“I jumped over a wall and ended up in the river. The river had a few rapids in it so it was some experience.

“It was just a silly night out that got a bit out of hand, nothing more than that.

“It was a freak incident, but I am fine now.”

He added: “Everyone that contributed that night (to his rescue) were absolutely amazing and I am very thankful to them. I just want to put it behind me.”

The ex-Celtic man went on to say that he never feared for his life during the ordeal and said he’ll never repeat the stunt again.

He said: “I was pretty calm and knew I would get out eventually.

“There are just not many places to get out of that river so I had to get rescued.

“I have learned from it – it was just silliness that was taken too far and it is not going to happen again.”

For the full interview, see the Evening Express.