John Kennedy's battle to recover from his on-going knee problem came to an end yesterday when he reluctantly called time on playing.
The 26-year-old Celtic defender acted on medical advice to officially retire from the game.
Kennedy's injury woes dated back more than five years to his international debut for Scotland in a friendly against Romania at Hampden in March 2004, when he suffered a serious knee ligament injury following a reckless challenge by Romania striker Ionel Ganea.
“It is with great regret that I have made this decision,” Kennedy said.
“I have enjoyed my time with Celtic immensely and I would like to thank everyone at the club and all the Celtic fans for all the support and backing they have given me during my time.