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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: VETERAN STRIKER MILLER RETIRES, EDOUARD ‘WOULD WALK INTO’ UNITED TEAM, ROBBIE HEADS FOR STATES

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FORMER Celtic, Rangers and Scotland international striker Kenny Miller is retiring – after TWENTY-FOUR years as a professional.

The 40-year-old ex-striker was capped 69 times by his country and scored 8 times and, after quitting Partick Thistle last month, has decided to hang up his boots.

Miller, who began his career at Hibs in 1998 and also played for Wolves, Derby and Cardiff City, told Sky Sports News: “It has been a career far beyond my expectations.

“I would like to think that I give all young players hope that, if you give everything you’ve got in every training session and match, you can play at the highest level.

“I’ve scored goals in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level – and you can’t ask for much more than that.

“Representing my country and pulling on that shirt as many times as I did is the greatest honour any young Scottish kid could have.

“There are a lot of people I would like to thank, not least Donald Park, who gave me the best grounding and education any young footballer could have had during my time at Hibs.

“And Walter Smith, who was brave enough to bring me back to Rangers for the second time, when most managers would have said no.”

Miller had a brief spell in management when he took over at Livingston at the start of the previous season. However, his stint as player/manager was cut short only months into his reign at the Lothian club.

He moved to Dundee to help in their Premiership survival battle, but could prevent the Dens Parkers from losing their top-flight status.

The pacy frontman was released by Tayside gaffer James McPake at the end of the campaign and had a reunoin with his former Hoops and Scots team-mate Gary Caldwell at Firhill.

However, the ex-international was sacked by the Maryhill outfit earlier this term and replaced by Ian McCall, in his second stint at the Jags.

Now Miller has quit the playing side after such an illustrious career, including three separate spells at Ibrox.

ODSONNE EDOUARD would be a smash-hit at Manchester United, that’s the verdict of media pundit Michael Stewart.

Celtic’s flamboyant French ace fired in another double in the champions’ 4-0 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park last night to raise his tally for the season to 24 from 37 appearances.

The 22-year-old hitman, who cost the Hoops a record £9million when he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2018, had his qualities endorsed by former Hearts and Hibs midfielder Stewart who watched him in action against Well from the BT Sports gantry.

In a report in the Evening Times, he said: “Manchester United don’t have a striker, Odsonne Edouard would walk into that team.”
Asked if the Parkhead fans’ favourite was better than the likes of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, Stewart replied: “Yeah, I think so.”

ROBBIE CRAWFORD, who started his career at Rangers in 2012, has joined Charleston Battery who play in the United Soccer League.

The forward made his debut for the Ibrox outfit against Brechin City in the Challenge Cup and scored seven goals in 57 appearances.

Crawford also had a loan spell at Morton in 2014 and followed that up with another temporary transfer to Alloa.

He joined Icelandic club FH Hafnarfjördur in 2017 and hit eight goals in 57 appearances over two seasons, including appearing in both Champions League and Europa qualifiers. His travels took him to Finnish side IFK Mariehamn at the start of 2019 and he appeared in 37 matches.

The 26-year-old, who has also had stints at Raith Rovers and East Kilbride, is now going to try his luck in the States.

 

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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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