Tributes have been paid to a young shinty player who died suddenly this weekend.

Calum MacKintosh passed away aged just 20 years old, in Edinburgh, on Saturday. The circumstances around his death are currently unknown.

The popular youngster was an attacking midfielder for Kingussie Camanachd and his club led the tributes to the 'gifted' player.

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Kingussie Camanachd Club left a touching floral tribute
Kingussie Camanachd Club left a touching floral tribute

"Cal was a dream to coach and manage while he was at Strathspey Camanachd. Hard working, disciplined and all with the biggest smile on his face.

"Personally, I was so incredibly proud of the impact he made when he went back to Kingussie… although not surprised as he was such a gifted player!

"Rest easy Cal, you’ll be missed mate.

"Thoughts are with the family and friends of Cal as well as all at Kingussie."

Kingussie Camanachd shared an image of a floral tribute for Calum on social media with his top, scarf and a camans laid upon bunches of flowers.

They wrote: "The boys have laid this tribute to Cal at the centre circle at the Dell this morning. Please feel free to visit and add as you wish."

Yesterday, the club also turned their crest black and changed their profile picture ton honour Calum.

Kingussie Camanachd Club made their crest black
Kingussie Camanachd Club made their crest black

Former club Strathspey Camanachd also paid tribute to the young player. In a social media post, they wrote: "The club is deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Calum MacKintosh.

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"Cal was an integral part of Strathspey Camanachd for 2 seasons before returning to Kingussie Camanachd in 2023, where his natural talent and personality continued to shine through, and rightly he was part of the Camanachd Cup Winning team this season as a Kingussie firsts player. We were so very proud and pleased for him.

"As a Strath player Cal was always dedicated to the club and a wonderful role model to all players and club members. He always gave 100% to training, games and club days with passion, commitment, and enthusiasm.

"Our thoughts at this terrible time are with Iain, Ann and the rest of Cal’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed by so many, but he will also be fondly remembered by those lucky enough to have known him, both in and out of the shinty world. RIP Cal."

Other local clubs sent their deepest condolences to loved ones of the young player.

Caberfeidh Shinty Club said: "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Caberfeidh Shinty Club are with the family, friends and teammates of Calum at this tragic time."

Lovat Shinty Club added: "Everyone at Lovat Shinty Club are devastated to hear the tragic news about Callum. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all at Kingussie at this sad time."

And Boleskine Camanachd Club wrote: "The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Boleskine Camanachd Club are with the family, friends and teammates of Calum at this tragic time.

"Having suffered a similar loss this year, we as a club are all too aware of the devastating impact such events have on everyone and encourage those who need support to utilise the services of Mikeysline."

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