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Glasgow City’s Kat Lindner signs off with a domestic double to see her into retirement

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As the final whistle blew on Sunday, it signalled Glasgow City’s 3-0 win over Hibernian and with that the club’s second piece of silverware of the season, but it also signalled the end of Katharina Lindner’s playing career.

After celebrating with her team mates she exclusively spoke to ScotzineTV. On the reason behind retiring, City’s number 7 said: “It was a good last game, I had made up my mind up about retiring quite a while ago and obviously an ideal case scenario would have been to kind of finish on a high, which we have done today. It was good to get the cup win as a kind of last game.”

She added: “I’m just getting a bit older and I’ve done this for quite a few number of years playing at this high a level and I think that there just comes a time when you know that you know that you want to do different things with your life.

“I feel a little bit sad about retiring and sort of not being around the team that much anymore, but it does feel like the right decision for me at this point in my life. I want to focus on my job and other things.”

Lindner signed for Glasgow City in 2005, after moving to Scotland to complete her PhD in Film Studies and quickly became an integral part of City’s domination of the women’s game in Scotland.

Paying tribute to the striker, City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “Kat, few would argue, is without doubt one of the finest players ever to play in Scotland and it has been a pleasure working with such a committed and talented athlete. She will be a big loss to our attacking options. She is fourth on our all time appearance list, starting 172 games and scoring a phenomenal 124 goals, which includes being City’s all time top scorer in the Champions League.”

Lindner started her playing career at 1. FFC Frankfurt at the age of 16, winning the double with the German side in 1999. She also represented the German national team at youth level, before moving to the United States after winning a scholarship to the University of Hartford followed by fellowship for PhD, and was named as NSCAA 1st team All-American in 2000.

Despite Glasgow City winning their fifth title in a row this season, winning the Henson Projects Scottish Cup and reaching the Last 16 of the Women’s Champions League, she is adamant that she will not do a u-turn on retiring.

She said: “I’m sure I’ll miss it once everyone goes back into pre-season, but like I said I’ve done this for quite a number of years. I signed for Frankfurt when I was 16 and I have played at this kind of level ever since, so that’s 16 years that I have trained almost every day of my life and I think there just comes a point when you know that you can’t really commit 100% anymore and I’m that kind of person if I can’t do it 100% I’d rather not do it in a way and I think it is the right decision for me at this point.”

Her career in football though may not be over as she has spoken to the club’s management, with a possible coaching role for the German. She said: “I’ve spoken to Eddie, Laura and Cas who run the club and I’d certainly be involved in some capacity I think. But right now I want to get away for a couple of weeks and then sort of think about it, when I have recharged my batteries a little bit, because its been a really long season for everybody and I think that we all need a bit of a break.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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