Applause to be held at Aberdeen Celtic clash tonight in support of missing oil worker’s family

A round of applause is to be held at Pittodrie tonight in support of a missing oil worker’s family.

Dons fan Steve Sutherland was reported missing from the Noble Lloyd Noble rig late on Tuesday.

A massive search for the 49-year-old was launched, with coastguard helicopters scouring the Mariner Field, 90 miles east of Shetland.

No trace of the father-of-three was found, and the search was scaled back.

Police say there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Those attending tonight’s Friday night clash between the Dons and league leaders Celtic are asked to applaud in the 49th minute to show support for Mr Sutherland’s family.

He was described as a “huge” Aberdeen fan and a “much loved” family man.

His family released a statement and said Mr Sutherland, from Aberdeen, was popular with all those who he met.

It stated: “Steve is a much-loved and well-respected father, grandfather, partner, son, brother and uncle, adored by his children Morgan, Lenah and son Joe, and doted on by his four grandchildren.

“Steve was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Northfield. He is well-known among the junior football league in Aberdeen, having played for clubs like Glentanar FC, East End and Parkvale.

“He also coached at Lewis United and is a massive Aberdeen FC fan.

“Steve is popular, easy to get on with and well-liked by all those who know him. He is missed by everyone.”

His sister, Denise, also posted on social media asking for her friends and loved ones to pray for Mr Sutherland.

And his employers, Interwell, said: “Our immediate thoughts are with the family and friends of our much-valued colleague at this extremely difficult time.

“Our employees are always our first priority and we are working with the relevant authorities to support them in any way we can.”

Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson, who led inquiries onboard the rig, offered his condolences to the Sutherland family.

He said: “We continue to liaise with next of kin to keep them informed of any developments. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”

“We won’t rest though and we’re more than ready to realise further opportunities. So, here’s to the next ten years.”

Aberdeen based football club Middlefield Wasps also led tribute to Mr Sutherland.

The club described him as a “proper” football boy, with a “head full of terrible jokes and a great sense of humour”.

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