By Sean Fisher

23rd Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

Former Rangers midfielder Lewis MacLeod reveals what surgeons told him in lead up to early retirement

Rangers graduate Lewis MacLeod announced his retirement from football this week aged just 28, after a number of long-term injuries.

MacLeod came through Rangers’ academy during his childhood, and went on to make over 50 first team appearances at Ibrox.

The Scottish midfielder then went on to enjoy spells at Brentford, Wigan Athletic and Plymouth Argyle before hanging up his boots for good.

MacLeod suffered a number of serious injuries throughout his career, and he’s since revealed what doctors told him in the lead up to his retirement.

Speaking to Glasgow Live, MacLeod said: “The surgeons told me they have exhausted all avenues.

“Apart from another op – but they had no idea if it would work or benefit me at all.

“I’m still relatively young to quit playing football. But with perhaps another year out after surgery, with no idea how it’s going to go, if I’m going to do other things it’s taking another year out of that.

“I’ve always been injury-prone, if you want to say that. It was never small injuries, all for long periods of time. A grade three hamstring tear, a heart problem, a torn ACL and torn medial ligament. You almost prepare yourself for the worst and think your career may end early.

“Honestly, I’ve had that fear from when I left Rangers. When I eventually got fit, I always had it in my mind that I was never the same as before.”

Awful luck

Rangers fans will fondly remember MacLeod for the role he played in helping Rangers during their journey in the lower leagues of Scotland.

Following the club’s administration in 2012, MacLeod was one of the club’s young stars who stepped up to the plate from the academy to help the club when it needed it most.

During his three seasons at the club, MacLeod helped Rangers lift the Scottish Third Division title and the Scottish League One title in consecutive years.

Sadly though, his injuries just refused to slow down. As stated by MacLeod himself, he suffered a grade three hamstring tear, a heart problem, a torn ACL and a torn medial ligament – all of which are potentially career-ending injuries.

Frankly, his desire to continue out of his love for the game deserves so much credit and respect, and everyone here at Ibrox News wishes MacLeod the best in his retirement.

In other Rangers news, the club is expected to start contract negotiations with breakthrough star