A FORMER Hibs starlet was knocked out cold after being set upon by six men as he headed home from a night out with his girlfriend.
Fraser Ogilvie, 29, was attacked by the gang on Rose Street next to Jenners after one of the thugs bumped into his girlfriend in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The player/coach at Lowland League club Vale of Leithen – who was released by the Easter Road side in 2003 – suffered chipped teeth and bruising to his face and head.
Police are now hunting the gang who carried out the attack and are appealing for any late-night revellers who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Mr Ogilvie, from Mountcastle, said: “It was totally unprovoked.
“I had a good night out and ended up getting beaten up for no reason.
“All I can remember is turning the corner and this guy barged into my girlfriend.
“I asked him to watch where he was going and the next thing I knew I woke up in the back of an ambulance.
“Apparently one of the guys took off his watch and chain before laying into me.
“I was supposedly tussling with the guy on the ground when his mates jumped in and one of them kicked me in the head.”
Before being released by Bobby Williamson, the striker came through the Hibs ranks alongside players such as Kevin Thomson, Steven Whittaker and Scott Brown. He moved to East Fife, but was plagued by injury.
He has now turned his hand to coaching and also hosts a popular Monday night football show on Castle FM with former Hearts star Kevin Twaddle.
Asked whether his football background may have had anything to do with the assault, Mr Ogilvie said: “I’m not 100 per cent sure, my recollection of what happened is pretty much a blur.
“I’d hope not but you never know. I’m not the type of guy who goes looking for trouble at all.”
He added: “To be honest I was more worried after the attack about any damage to my mouth and smile than football. I’m injured at the moment anyway.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said “We were called to Rose Street shortly before 4am on Sunday after reports of an assault.
“Inquiries are at an early stage and we would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact 101.”