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Former Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam retires

Former Scotland, Rangers and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has announced his retirement from playing, saying: “It’s not been a bad ride”.

The 36-year-old left Dundee this summer after two seasons during which he helped his hometown club win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Adam made over 80 appearances for Rangers before heading south to Blackpool.

He captained the Seasiders to promotion to the Premier League before earning a move to Liverpool in 2011.

Adam was spotted helping West Ham United manager David Moyes during their pre-season training at St Andrews – and more recently with Burnley’s under-23 set-up – as he worked towards completing his coaching badges.

Charlie Adam posted a retirement message on social media along with a video of some of his career highlights, including footage of the day he signed for Rangers as a teenager.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play for some of the biggest clubs in the world, from Champions League nights at Ibrox for Rangers, winning promotion into the Premier League as Blackpool captain, pulling on the famous Liverpool shirt and scoring in front of the Kop, eight incredible seasons at Stoke City to guiding my boyhood club to promotion and playing 25 times for Scotland – it’s not been a bad ride.

“A huge thank you goes to Glasgow Rangers, Ross County, St Mirren, Blackpool, Liverpool, Stoke City, Reading and Dundee’s supporters – hopefully I’ve gave you all some memorable moments along the way.

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