FORMER Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew has brought his 18-year playing career to a halt.

The 37-year-old one-time Scotland international has decided to quit after leaving his post as player-coach at relegated Dundee United in the summer.

Mulgrew had two spells at Parkhead and played for eight clubs after originally coming through the Hoops’ youth system. As well as Celtic and the Tannadice club, he also turned out for Wolves, Southend, Aberdeen, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan and Fleetwood Town.

During a six-year period at Parkhead, the 44 times-capped centre-back/midfielder won five consecutive Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups.

SCOTLAND THE RAVE…Charlie Mulgrew captaining his country in 2018.

In 2016, after his Hoops contract expired, Mulgrew moved to the Ewood Park club and made over 100 appearances for the club, many as captain.

Two years ago, he returned north of the border to Dundee United, but has now brought down the curtain on a highly successful career at club and country level.

Mulgrew wrote on Instagram: “It’s not an easy decision as playing football is all I’ve known.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank my family and friends for all your support, belief, loyalty and love you have given me over the last 21 years.

“You all had to make sacrifices along with me to follow my dream. Thank you to all eight clubs I played for, the national team I played 44 times for, I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned and the life I’ve been able to create because of them.

“My memories are priceless. I’ve played with and against some great players some of whom I’m lucky to call friends.

“I’ve been part of some great changing rooms which has made me realise it is essential for success.
“Football is nothing without fans and I’m grateful for the experiences and support you gave me through the highs and the lows.

“I am excited for what tomorrow brings, to new beginnings.”

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