Scott Severin forced to retire through injury

Dundee United's former Scotland international Scott Severin has announced that he has been forced to retire from football through injury.

The versatile player, who featured in defence and midfield, suffered a leg break against St Mirren in August.

"I was down 10 to 12 days ago in London and I spoke to the consultant, who said there was just too much damage on my ankle," the 33-year-old said.

"So that's it, all over. It was hard to take at the time."

But Severin, who won 15 Scotland caps, insists he has come to terms with the decision not to make another attempt to play on.

Severin has been forced to sit out most of the season

Severin has been forced to sit out most of the season

"Me and the physio kind of knew that might be the case, but we wanted a second opinion," he told BBC Scotland.

"In later years, I would probably have been a cripple, so you just have to look ahead with your family.

"I am just disappointed that I only managed to play 18 games for Dundee United.

"It is coming up for two years and I was injured quite a lot."

Severin, who joined United after leaving Kilmarnock, hoped to continue a career in football off the field of play.

"I've spoken to the manager and he's allowing me to help out with the training and I'm currently doing my coaching badges as well," he said.

"I've just to look to the future now and hopefully it will still be in football."

United manager Peter Houston has known Severin for most of his career and described it as "a big loss to the game".

"I've known Scott since he was 17 and I've worked with him since he was a youth-team player at Hearts," he said shortly before his side faced Rangers.

"That's one of the reasons I brought him here. A smashing player and the unfortunate thing for me is that I never got him on the park enough because of injuries.

"At Hearts, he was fantastic - played under Craig Levein and myself there.

"He was at Aberdeen and served them exceptionally well, captained them a number of times and went down to Watford and it didn't work out quite how he wanted it to.

"But he came back up here and helped Kilmarnock through their period of keeping them in the Premier League."