FORMER Hearts and Raith Rovers striker Calum Elliot has been forced to retire from football at the age of just 28.
He underwent a fourth operation on his knee last month having been unable to walk properly due to pain in the area. After medical advice, he has decided to end his playing career.
Elliot spent the last two years with Raith and was expected to join another club when he left Stark’s Park in May. However, he confirmed on social media that he won’t continue with football for fear of causing irreparable damage to his knee.
Elliot graduated from the Hearts youth academy to make his senior debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in September 2004. He was regarded as one of Scotland’s brightest young prospects and was in contention for the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2006. He also played for Scotland at the European Under-19 Championship and the Under-20 World Cup.
After loan spells with Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee, Elliot left Hearts by mutual consent in December 2011. He spent a year in Lithuania with Zalgiris Vilnius – winning the 2012 Lithuanian Cup – before returning to Scotland to join Paul Hartley’s Alloa in February 2013. He moved on to Raith after helping Alloa secure promotion to the Championship. He lifted silverware with the Kirkcaldy club when they beat Rangers to win the 2014 Ramsdens Cup.