Aberdeen legend Andy Considine confirms retirement as he bids farewell

Andy Considine spent 18 years at Pittodrie and became an iconic part of the Dons squad
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Former Aberdeen defender Andy Considine has confirmed his retirement from football following the end of the 2023/24 season.

The centre-back, who became an adored part of the side at Pittodrie, spent 20 years playing Scotland's top flight, making 645 appearances for the Dons.

He made his debut back in May 2004, and helped the Reds to Scottish League Cup glory in 2014 having established himself as a first team regular throughout the 2000s and 2010s.

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There was also a memorable night back in 2017 when he bagged his first hat-trick for the club in a memorable win over Dundee, eventually reaching 43 goals for the Dons.

In 2020, Considine finally earned his shot at international football, and while he only earned three caps for Scotland, he certainly left a lasting impact, with the 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie' chants ringing around Hampden years later.

Eventually his time at Aberdeen would end amid a squad rebuild under Jim Goodwin, with Considine going on to spend two seasons with St Johnstone.

Both campaigns would see him help the Perth Saints narrowly avoid the dreaded drop into the Championship, and now, following the conclusion of the season, he has confirmed he is hanging up the boots for good.

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Taking to Instagram with some best pics from his career, he simply wrote: "Sad because it's over but smiling because it happened. Thank you football."

Among the photos were shots of the 2014 League Cup celebrations, his Dundee hat-trick, and a video of his emotional farewell at Pittodrie, along with snaps from his youth before playing for Aberdeen.

Plenty of fans were quick to wish their best, as were dozens of former teammates, including Lewis Ferguson who simply said "Legend."

Richard Foster, his former defensive teammate at Aberdeen, wrote: "One of the best guys in the game. Fantastic career and good luck for whatever comes next."

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Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland posted: "Congratulations on a great career Andy, a top top guy! All the best with what’s next!!"

Niall McGinn commented: "Some career mate. Enjoy what lies ahead for you," while Ross McCrorie added: "Legend Andy mate. All the best in the future."

Shay Logan, who won the League Cup with Considine, commented: "It was an absolute pleasure playing alongside you my man. Some career now rest them old legs, you've earned it. #AberdeenLegend."

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