Celtic cult hero Charlie Mulgrew has announced his retirement from football. The 37-year-old had left Dundee United on the eve of the new season but has made the decision to hang up his boots as it is expected that he will move into coaching.
In the post, Mulgrew paid tribute to his family, his clubs and the supporters along with sharing a clip of some of his finest moments in the game.
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“Today I’m retiring from playing professional football.
“It’s not an easy decision as playing football is all I’ve known. Firstly I’d like to thank my family and friends for all your support, belief, loyalty and love you have given me over the last 21 years. You all had to make sacrifices along with me to follow my dream.
“Thank you to all eight clubs I played for, Scotland National Team I played 44 times for, I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned and the life I’ve been able to create because of them. My memories are priceless.
“I’ve played with and against some great players some of whom I’m lucky to call friends. I’ve been part of some great changing rooms which has made me realise it is essential for success.
“Football is nothing without fans and I’m grateful for the experiences and support you gave me through the highs and the lows.
“I am excited for what tomorrow brings, to new beginnings.”
Mulgrew is fondly remembered for his time at the club – playing left back, left wing, centre back and central midfield. He was a regular lieutenant under Neil Lennon during his first spell but the arrival of Brendan Rodgers resulted in the end of his time at Celtic.
Mulgrew was Lennon’s first signing in 2010 and played a variety of positions in his time at Celtic, including left wing in a win at Ibrox in 2011.
Mulgrew won five league titles and two Scottish Cups as well as winning the Player of the Year accolades in 2012 for a stunning season, in which he deputised as a central defender. The defender spent six years at Celtic, making 207 appearances and scoring 28 goals.
He played left mid and he played left back, he was centre half and was never slack…
Best of luck in your retirement, Charlie.