FORMER Scotland international squad keeper Craig Samson has quit Premiership strugglers St Mirren to become a coach at Sunderland.

The 34-year-old much-travelled shotstopper has decided to retire from playing immediately to join his ex-Paisley boss Jack Ross’ backroom staff at the Wearside outfit.

Samson answered an SOS to replace Jimmy Walker, who has joined ex-Celtic skipper Paul Lambert at Ipswich Town.

The goalie has now called time on a 17-year playing career that saw him perform for Kilmarnock, Ross County and Motherwell among other clubs.

Samson had been first choice at the Saints this season, playing 17 times. He conceded 26 goals from 13 Premiership outings, but, remarkably, blocked out champions Celtic when they had to settle for a scoreless draw in Paisley in September – a rare shut-out for the keeper in this campaign.

He will join up with fellow-Scots John Potter and James Fowler on Ross’s coaching team at the English League One club.

MY BALL…Craig Samson takes a high cross as Odsonne Edouard challenges in St Mirren’s goalless draw against Celtic in September. Pic: Geo.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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