Celtic starlet Ciaran Dickson has been arrested after a Glasgow teenager was sadly killed in an alleged ‘hit-and-run’ at the weekend.
The 19 year old footballer, was taken into custody by officers after Aidan Pilkington, 18, was found seriously injured on Crow Road, Glasgow, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He was rushed to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital at roughly 12:20am, however his life could not be saved.
Police have launched an appeal in relation to the alleged incident and officers said earlier that a motor had been traced.
Dickson — who plays for the Hoops B team, and was with English sides Burnley and Gillingham on trial in pre-season — was arrested on Sunday and released pending further investigation.
The midfielder, of Erskine, Renfrewshire, made his debut for Rangers last season and was handed a three-year deal in January.
However after a surprise summer exit from the Ibrox outfit, he was then signed by rivals Celtic earlier this month.
Aidan’s family spoke of their pain and revealed how the Scotland Under-19 cap had initially planned to move to Dundee for university next week.
They said: “Aidan was treasured by his family, and well loved and respected by his friends and community.
“Aidan left Hyndland Secondary School in the summer, and was going to be moving to Dundee next Saturday to attend Dundee University.
“He created a bright future for himself and was really looking forward to these opportunities and challenges.
“It is very cruel that he has been robbed of his life in this way.
“The family would like to thank friends, in particular Aidan’s friends, and the wider community, for their love, support, and kindness.”
Shocked relatives and friends also paid tribute to the much loved teen on social media with news of the tragedy spread.
A GoFundMe page set up by Aidan’s devastated colleagues at McDonald’s has raised more than £7,000.
It reads: “After hearing of the tragic news that one of our valued team members and friend has sadly passed away following a tragic road incident, we wanted to do as much as we can to support his family and everyone who cared about him. To do this we are raising money to help support his family with any costs that may come at this tragic time. If anyone could donate anything they can no matter how big or small to show your support to his family and loved ones. RIP Aidan, we will all miss you and you’ll be forever in our hearts. 22/04/03 – 11/09/21”
Sergeant Scott Sutherland, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident.
“He’s been released pending further investigation.
“We would like to thank everyone who has got in touch with us so far regarding the appeal, and urge anyone who has information, but has yet to contact us.”
A spokesman for Celtic FC declined to comment.
Flowers and football tops have been tied to the railings on Crow Road in memory of Aidan Pilkington. @journonance has been speaking to locals. They say the 18-year-old’s death has hit the community hard. pic.twitter.com/Nqn3X6Ga7W
— Go Radio (@thisisgoradio) September 13, 2021
Fans reacted on a Celtic starlet arrested after a Glasgow teenager is killed in a ‘hit-and-run’…
@wkdblueeyes: RiP young man. Taken far far too soon.
@mcg_pk: My thoughts and prayers are with Aiden’s family. I hope they get the justice they deserve 💔
@cw1873: An entire family have had their lives ruined. May he rest in peace, and God bless his family.
@Kydo_67: Rest easy 💚
@stan_paulanka: Ffs Dickson you tool
@andyboyrangers: RIP young man. Rest easy
@johnbelton1: Ciaran Dickson is scum
@matthew_sellik: Ciaran Dickson deserves whatever he gets. Rip his contract up now @CelticFC
@jackross1872: Murderer @Ciaran_Dickson
@DaleSandbank: Ciaran Dickson horrible scumbag.
@adamwylie72: ciaran dickson wtf
Marc Ferns: What an absolute idiot. He’s been playing really well in B team. Rangers didn’t want him because his attitude. Another career ruined, even more important a boys life taken far to soon.
Laura Sutherland Quinn: Don’t care who the lad played for, at the end of the day, he fucked up, did something he knew would probably end his career (drink driving) and chose to do it anyway. Yes, it’s sad, and yes, of course he didn’t mean it, but he made not one, but two wrong choices that day. He CHOOSE to drink drive, and he CHOOSE not to stop. Regardless of the circumstances, the lad was in the wrong and his decisions have caused a family to grieve the loss of a young lad who also had his whole career ahead of him. Shame all round, but definitely more respect must to given to the grieving family of this young boy that’s the real tragedy here. HH
William Mahon: Got to feel so sorry for the family of the young man that’s lost his life I cannot understand how someone with a great future ahead of them do stupid thing like this even if he was drinking he should’ve stopped so sad may the poor lad rest in peace