Kenny Miller retires from Scotland duty

Kenny Miller signed off from the international stage with a goal against England. Picture: PA
Kenny Miller signed off from the international stage with a goal against England. Picture: PA
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Scotland striker Kenny Miller is to retire from international duty with immediate effect, the Scottish Football Association confirmed today.

The Musselburgh-born former Hibs hitman marked his 69th and last appearance in a dark blue jersey by scoring against England at Wembley only nine days ago, his 18th for his country,

The 33-year-old, who currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps, retires with only Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, Hughie Gallacher, Lawrie Reilly and Ally McCoist ahead of him in Scotland’s list of all-time top scorers.

Miller began his career at Easter Road, making 51 appearances and scoring 14 goals following a prolific loan spell at Easter Road in which he netted ten times in 13 matches, before moving to Rangers for £2 million in 2000. However, little more than a year later he joined Wolves on loan, making the switch permanent four months later in a £3m deal.

Miller spent four-and-a-half years at Molineux and became only the third player since the Second World War to have played for both sides of the Old Firm - following Alfie Conn and Maurice Johnston - as he joined Celtic on a free transfer at the end of his Wolves contract in 2006

But he only spent a year at Celtic Park before heading south again, joining newly promoted Derby County, again for £3m, but once more he didn’t dally, making a return move to Rangers the following summer.

However, only a few months later he was on the move again, joining Turkish outfit Bursaspor for an even briefer spell before switching to Cardiff City but struggled for form, scoring just once in 22 appearances before departing for Major League Soccer with the Whitecaps.

Miller’s international debut came under Craig Brown, a late substitute in a 1-1 draw against Poland in 2001 but he had to wait nearly two years for a second appearance when Berti Vogts was Scotland manager, He then went on to play under Walter Smith, Alex McLeish, George Burley, Craig Levein and, latterly, Gordon Strachan,

Strachan said: “Kenny is a talented player who absolutely gave the best of himself when he was on Scotland duty.

“In my time as national coach it has been a pleasure to have a player with his ability and experience in the squad. He has come to this decision to help prolong his club career, and feels that this is the best time bow out.

“We understand his decision and wish him all the best for the future.”