A hero Rangers fan saved his dad's life after he suffered a heart attack behind the wheel on his way home from Ibrox.

Karl Zimmerman had to crawl over dad Carl, 64, to free him as the automatic vehicle accelerated into another car as it was parked at the roadside in Glasgow.

The 29-year-old joiner, of Govan, dramatically steered the slowly moving car into a hedge, bringing it to a halt, before dragging out his 64-year-old father and performing CPR.

The doting son has now thanked the Scottish Ambulance Service for their "amazing" support during the dramatic incident.

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Karl said: "It was all a bit of a blur; instinct just kicked in.

"The 999 call taker talked me through it.

"I brought him back once and I will never forget it.

"He took a breath, and then I just kept going and going."

Ambulance call taker, Celeste Hill, was put on loudspeaker on Karl’s phone and a couple soon came by to help relay instructions.

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Karl added: "They helped me as I continued doing CPR. The whole thing seemed like a minute, and then the ambulance response arrived – they were brilliant,” he added.

"I only did what I had to do – I don’t think it was heroic.

"It’s something anyone would do in the same situation.

"If I had not had the call taker speaking to me, I would have gone into panic mode.

"I knew I had to do something – I knew he was not going to just wake up. Once the ambulance arrived, they took over, and took him into the ambulance."

Carl praised his son's action, which took place after Rangers 3-0 win over Livingston on November 24, 2018.

He said: "He was fantastic – the work of everyone was fantastic.

"I cannot even remember the game to be honest; I cannot remember my son being with me.

"I cannot remember leaving Ibrox and I cannot remember watching the game – next time I woke up was five days later."

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After months of recovery, the Rangers fans met one of the crew members to thank him in person.

The recovery comes as a joy after doctors later told him he had only a 6% chance of surviving.

Karl added: “It’s amazing that he pulled through – it’s a scary statistic.

"I struggled talking about it at first. I did not feel like I did anything special.

"I’m proud I saved my dad but I would have done the same for anyone.

"The emergency services were all amazing – I have nothing but praise."

The family also praised the work of Scot Christie and Martin Moore, Scottish Ambulance Service crews who arrived at the scene within minutes.

Technician Martin Moore said: “This incident puts into perspective the importance of good call handling, nearby resources and most importantly bystander CPR. I certainly cannot think of a better example than this incident.

"A family still have a husband, dad and granddad due to everyone's excellent work that day.”