Former Scotland striker Kenny Miller has announced his retirement.
The 40-year-old, who left Partick Thistle last month, has finally decided to hang up his boots after a playing career spanning over two decades.
During that time, he has played for both Rangers and Celtic as well as Hibs, Wolves, Derby and Cardiff City.
He won 69 caps from Scotland, scoring 18 goals.
He is now likely to look to the coaching side of the game, having had a brief spell as Livingston manager in 2018.
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In a statement, Miller said: “It has been a career far beyond my expectations. I would like to think that I give all young players hope that if you give everything you’ve got in every training session and match you can play at the highest level.
“I’ve scored goals in the Premier League, Champions League and at International level and you can’t ask for much more than that.
“Representing my country and pulling on that shirt as many times I did is the greatest honour any young Scottish kid could have. If you had told me when I was a young boy at Hibs that my career would have gone like this I would have laughed at you!”
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What a journey. Genuinely thought I could play forever but here I am. Hanging up the boots. Never did I think when I was starting out, kicking a ball at 4 years old that football would have taken me the places it has. Way too many people to thank, so to every manager, coach, staff member, team mate and fan of the clubs I have represented, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Honestly gave everything I could to each and every single day in training or game I played in. A special thanks to hibs for giving me my 1st steps in football and to Donald Park who gave me an incredible education and understanding of what it would take to make it as a footballer. Also to Walter Smith who not only gave me the opportunity to come back to rangers in 2008 but found a way to get that extra 5/10% out of me that I never even knew I had. To represent my country 69 times and to lead the team out on a number of occasions were among the proudest days in my life, I will never forget those times. Finally thanks 2 my true friends and family who have always supported me right from the start. Thanks to my agent and friend David Baldwin and the Avid team for putting up with me for 20 years. Massive thanks to my wife and children who have supported me, followed me and been my biggest fans through out any career decision I have made. You are all amazing. Finally an emotional mention for the Rangers family. Every time I pulled on the Jersey I felt proud and privileged and to lead the team out in front of 50000 at ibrox was an incredible honour. I gave my all every single day at Murray Park to reach the standards that our club demands. I made some amazing memories and true friends that I will never forget! Thanks 💙
Miller thanked Donald Park, who he said gave him “the best grounding and education any young footballer could have” during his time at Hibs.
He also thanked former Rangers and Scotland boss Walter Smith, saying: “[He] was brave enough to bring me back to Rangers for the second time when most managers would have said no.
“Walter always had a knack of getting an extra 10 percent out of me that I didn’t know I had – hopefully I have made them both proud.”
Welsh star Aaron Ramsey was one of the first to pay tribute to Miller, tweeting: “Congrats on a great career Kenny, all the best for the future.”
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