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Charlie Adam announces his retirement on Instagram after a 20-year career that included 36 caps in Scotland

Charlie Adam has announced his retirement from football. The former Scotland international is instead focusing on his coaching career, ending a 20-year career.

The 36-year-old has made 26 appearances for his country and has held positions at Rangers, Liverpool, Stoke City and Dundee and four other teams and is keen to make the transition into coaching, which he is “incredibly passionate about”.

Adam had spent over two months without a club after leaving Dundee for a second time in July after helping them win promotion to the Scottish Premiership in 2021.

In a heartfelt announcement on Instagram, the former midfielder thanked his family and friends for their support over the years, writing on Wednesday: “I think now is the right time to announce my retirement as a player.

“I’ve been fortunate to play for some of the biggest clubs in the world, from Champions League nights at Ibrox for Rangers, to promotion to the Premier League as Blackpool captain, to donning the famous Liverpool shirt and scoring in front of The Kop, eight incredible seasons at Stoke City to guide my youth club to promotion and played 26 times for Scotland – it hasn’t been a bad journey.

“A huge shout out to the supporters of Glasgow Rangers, Ross County, St Mirren, Blackpool, Liverpool, Stoke City, Reading and Dundee – I hope I’ve brought you all some memorable moments along the way.

“Now is the time for me to move into coaching, something I’m incredibly passionate about and have been enjoying for the past few months.

“I would like to thank my parents, sister and brothers, my wife Sophie, children Jack, Anabella and Louis and all my family and friends for their support over the past 20 years – I could not have done any of this without you.

‘It was my pleasure.’

Accompanying the entry was footage of a young Adam signing a three-year contract as a trainee with Rangers in 2003 aged just 17, followed by highlights from his time at Rangers, Blackpool and Liverpool, among others.

In all, the 36-year-old made 488 appearances at senior level, assisting 83 and scoring 88 goals. Perhaps his most memorable game was for Stoke.

The Scotland international got the ball well in his own half, saw then-Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois off his line and fired an accurate shot that went over the Belgian’s head to make it 1-1 in April 2015.

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