Steven Pressley Calls Time On His Playing Career As He Announces Retirement

Andy MuirheadCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 17:  Steven Pressley #17 of Glasgow Celtic FC jogs during a training session at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 17, 2007 in Commerce City, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Former Hearts & Celtic defender Steven Pressley has announced his retirement from the playing side of the game and now hopes to pursue a career in management.

The 35-year-old featured in the first season of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in 1998-99, when he joined Hearts from Dundee United that summer. He also played for Celtic and, most recently, Falkirk in the SPL, having previously turned out for Rangers and Coventry.

Pressley, capped 32 times by Scotland and now part of the coaching team alongside George Burley and Terry Butcher, said, “To be honest, it was a relatively easy decision for myself and that’s why I knew it was the correct time.

"My involvement with the national team and my involvement in the UEFA Pro Licence has certainly whetted my appetite. I’m far more motivated by that than the playing of the game.

"I just thought it was the right time in my career to close that book and start another chapter. I believe that I’m ready for management but I’m not ruling anything out.”