Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller has announced his retirement after leaving Partick Thistle last month.
The veteran turned 40 earlier this season and had offers from clubs before the transfer window closed but has decided the time is right to hang up his boots after a glittering career.
Miller had three spells as a Rangers player, winning three league titles and a single Scottish Cup and League Cup as a Ger – as well as lifting the Championship and Challenge Cup during the Light Blues’ climb back up the leagues.
The veteran paid tribute to Donald Park and Rangers icon Walter Smith as he confirmed his decision to retire, saying he hoped he had both Park and Smith “proud.”
“I’ve scored goals in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level and you can’t ask for much more than that,” Miller said, in a statement released through his agents.
“Representing my country and pulling on that shirt as many times as 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!
“There are a lot of people I would like to thank not least Donald Park who gave me the best grounding and education any young footballer could have had during my time at Hibs and Walter Smith, who 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% out of me that I didn’t know I had – hopefully I have made both of them proud.”
After leaving Rangers for the final time as a player as Steven Gerrard took the reins, Miller had a brief stint as Livingston player/manager before deciding to concentrate on his playing career and having spells with Partick and Dundee.
Miller also played for Hibs, Stenhousemuir, Wolves, Derby County, Celtic, Bursaspor, Cardiff City and Vancouver Whitecaps in a career that saw him make over 800 appearances and score 268 goals.
The striker also find himself in the Scottish national team Hall of Fame after earning 69 caps in the dark blue of Scotland, hitting the net 18 times but never getting to appear at a major tournament.
Miller has already been doing work in both coaching and punditry so it will be interesting to see what hs next move will be.
The veteran has plenty of experience he could pass on to younger players but whether he wants to return to the dugout so soon after hanging up his boots remains to be seen.