Andrew Considine announces retirement as Aberdeen and Scotland cult hero posts simple message

Aberdeen and Scotland cult hero Andy Considine has retired from football
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Aberdeen legend Andrew Considine has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 37.

The Scotland cult hero announced the news last night after an incredible 20-year career in football. Considine spent almost two decades at Pittodrie, racking up an astonishing 645 appearances for the Dons. The centre-back made his professional debut in 2004 and helped the Granite City club to League Cup glory in 2014, the only piece of silverware of his career.

He earned international recognition in the twilight years of his career and aged 33 and became the oldest Scotland debutant since Ronnie Simpson 53 years earlier when he landed his first cap against Slovakia in October 2020. The latecomer only won three caps but Considine certainly left his mark on the Tartan Army as Baccara hit 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie' soon became an unofficial national anthem.

Considine famously starred in a spoof video of the disco tune on his stag do and it was given a new lease of life in the Scotland dressing room as Steve Clarke's stars celebrated their historic penalty shootout win in Serbia to end their 23-year exile from a major tournament.

After 19 seasons at Aberdeen, Considine spent the final two years of his career at St Johnstone before deciding to hang up his boots this summer. The popular centre-back confirmed his decision on Instagram last night, simply posting: "Sad because it's over but smiling because it happened. Thank you football."

Considine's former teammates quickly flooded the post with messages, congratulating the defender on an excellent career. Gary Mackay-Steven and Lewis Ferguson both posted: "Legend." Ryan Hedges wrote: "Congratulations on a great career mate. Pleasure to share a small piece of it with you."

Niall McGinn commented: "Some career mate. Enjoy that lies ahead for you." Ross McCrorie said: "Legend Andy mate. All the best in the future." While Lawrence Shankland added: "Congratulations on a great career Andy, a top top guy! All the best with what's next!!"