Barry Ferguson: Clyde manager retires from playing at 37

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson playing in a charity match
Ferguson recently played in a charity match in support of former Rangers team-mate Fernando Ricksen

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson has retired from playing due to injury.

The 37-year-old has featured only once as a player since taking over at Clyde last summer.

The former Scotland captain moved into management with the Scottish League Two side after playing spells north and south of the border.

"I've had an unbelievable career and I don't want to risk any long-term damage by playing first-team football again," he told the Clyde website.

Ferguson started his career at Rangers in the late 1990s and returned to Ibrox in 2005 after 18 months with Blackburn Rovers.

Further spells in England followed with Birmingham City, Blackpool and Fleetwood Town. He won 45 senior international caps.

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson
Ferguson is in his first season as Clyde manager

The midfielder won five Scottish top-flight titles across his two spells with Rangers, as well as 10 domestic cup medals. With Birmingham, he won the League Cup in 2011.

"It was always my intention to concentrate on managing the team and play if it would help the squad," explained Ferguson.

"After a poor run of form in September, I decided that was the case and I named myself in the starting line-up for the home match against Annan Athletic. During the game I picked up a knock on my ankle and I had to come off early in the second half.

"I've spoken to my consultant at length since then and also considered another operation to find a solution, but unfortunately that had a risk of long-term damage.

"I had a course of injections in January which were also unsuccessful and I had to confirm to the chairman last week that I would not be able to play competitively again.

"I'm grateful that I can still do my own training, keep myself fit and take part in an occasional charity match, but without being able to train at full intensity I won't be able to play senior football again."

Clyde are currently eighth in the table but still have an outside chance of reaching the promotion play-offs.

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