A FORMER Celtic player was left red-faced after mistakenly breaking into his neighbour’s house following a night out.
Ross County midfielder Rocco Quinn hurled rocks to break a window and then used a wheelie bin to get in to what he thought was his own house in Inverness.
Once inside, the 25-year-old failed to notice anything was amiss and went upstairs to a bedroom.
But neighbours, believing a housebreaking was underway, called the police to the new-built semi in Inshes Mews.
A horrified Mr Quinn finally realised his blunder when he came face-to-face with officers from Northern Constabulary.
Mr Quinn was spoken to by police but will not face any action over the bungle. He has offered to pay for the damage to the neighbour’s house.
The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, January 4, after Mr Quinn misplaced his keys.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “I heard noises and looked out the window and couldn’t see anything at first.
“I thought there might be someone trying to steal things out of the builder’s yard.
“Then I heard a wheelie bin banging and clunking and then an almighty smash.”
The neighbour added police arrived and Mr Quinn was led out the house in handcuffs.
A Northern Constabulary spokesman said: “Police received a report from two members of the public who witnessed a man causing damage to a window in Inshes Mews.
“They attended the scene and went into the property through the window.
“They recoverd a man in an upstairs bedroom.
“He was taken to Burnett Road Police station where he was spoken to but no further action was taken.”
It is understood the occupants of the house were away at the time.
The window at the semi-detached house as still boarded up yesterday.
A woman living there declined to comment.
Mr Quinn has also playedKilmarnockand St Johnstone, after starting his career at Celtic.
He joined first division clubRossCountyin June last year.
Playing against Stenhousmuir last weekend, he helped his club to a convincing 7-0 win.
Ross County Football Club did not respond to requests for comment.