Alex McLeish has paid tribute to friend and former Aberdeen teammate Neale Cooper, who sadly passed away today.

"I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Neale Cooper.

"Neale and I grew up together and I have known him since he was fourteen years old. He was a talented team mate and a good friend – someone you could always count on, both on and off the park. It was a privilege to have played alongside him and an even greater privilege to have counted him as one of my friends.

"My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time."

Scottish FA President Alan McRae, also paid tribute to Cooper.

"I am deeply saddened by the news of Neale Cooper’s passing. Neale was a vital player in the famous Aberdeen side of the 1980s that conquered all under the direction of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Playing in midfield, he won two Premier Division titles, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup. There are few Scottish players as decorated as Neale, which is testament to his ability.

"Scottish football has lost someone who was not only a great player but was also a popular figure with everyone in the game. We send condolences from everyone at the Scottish FA to Neale’s friends and family."