Mackay Hangs Up His Boots
- St Johnstone skipper retires from playing aged 36
- Currently coaching Saints U20s and plans to stay involved at McDiarmid Park
- Captained Saints to Scottish Cup win in 2014
- Started his career at Dundee and also played for Livingston and Oxford
St Johnstone captain and Sport Careers Agency client Dave Mackay has been forced to retire from playing aged 36. The defender has been battling a hip injury which has required two operations, and made his last appearance for the club on January 30th.
Mackay has been at the Saints since 2009, and cemented his status as a club legend when he led the team to a famous Scottish Cup win in 2014, beating Dundee United in the final.
The former Dundee, Oxford and Livingston man is already a UEFA A licence coach and currently coaches with St Johnstone's U20s.
I'll obviously miss playing but my decision opens up plenty of other opportunities for me both short and long term and I'm thoroughly enjoying my involvement with the U20s just now.
Mackay told the St Johnstone website that hanging up his boots was a difficult decision, but he is looking forward to what opportunities the future might bring:
"The decision hasn't been an easy one but I've had to take into consideration that I don't want to do irreversible damage that affects me away from football - I'm only 36 and have a lot of years ahead of me that I don't want to be affected.
"I've probably known in my own mind that this decision had to be made and I'm happy that I've given myself every chance to get back playing but it's not to be.
"I'll obviously miss playing but my decision opens up plenty of other opportunities for me both short and long term and I'm thoroughly enjoying my involvement with the U20s just now.
"The club has done everything it could have to help in my recovery and I thank them for that and I thank the fans for their support over the past seven years and assure them I'll be around the club for some time yet."