Former Scotland player James McArthur has announced his retirement from professional football.
The midfielder played 32 times for Scotland and scored four international goals. He recently left English Premier League side Crystal Palace at the end of his contract and said he won’t be looking for a new club.
The 35-year-old began his career with Hamilton Accies, making his debut in 2005, and earned a move to Wigan Athletic five years later.
McArthur won the FA Cup with the Latics, and moved to Palace in 2014. In his nine years with the London club he became a fan favourite and made more than 250 appearances.
“After 18 years of playing professional football, the game I love, today I am announcing my retirement,” he wrote on social media.
“After playing for three amazing clubs in Hamilton, Wigan & Crystal Palace, and representing my country, I can only look back on the past 18 years with immense pride.
“I cannot thank the players, managers, coaches, owners, staff members and fans enough for always supporting me and being a huge part of my journey.
“A day that I never wanted to happen, but it’s a decision that I know is right for me and my family. I’m not entirely sure what the future holds but I am looking forward to the next chapter in my career.”