Fermanagh man Andy Little has announced his retirement from professional football after a number of injury ravaged seasons. Little who played for Glasgow Rangers and was a Northern Ireland international signed with Dunbarton at the start of this season but injuries once again curtailed him.

In a statement released on twitter Little said:

“I’ve had an extremely frustrating four and a half years since I left Glasgow Rangers. I’ve had injury after injury, countless scans and gone to considerable effort and expense trying to give myself the best chance of succeeding….I thought about calling it a day many times but kept coming back for more – I’m proud of that.”

Little goes on to say that amongst his highlights in the game was playing for Rangers and scoring in an Old Firm game and “finishing as top scorer for the club amidst the madness of the 3rd division.”

Little made his debut for Northern Ireland, replacing David Healy and he concluded his statement by saying:

“After 12 years of playing professionally, I hope I’ve made the right choice. It feels like a massive relief just now and I’m ready to focus on new things. Thank you for your support.”

Replying to his tweet his boyhood club Ballinamallard said:

“He's one of our own and lived out the dream that every little boy has. It's sad to see it finish, but congratulations Andy on a successful career.”

Glasgow Rangers, who Little has been doing some punditry with on Rangers TV, also offered their best wishes:

“Everyone at Rangers FC wishes Andy all the best in his retirement from the game. We’ll see you on at RangersTV very soon.”

There was also comforting words from big brother, Graham Little:

“We are as proud of my little bro for his fortitude as for his football. There are many spheres of human achievement beyond sport. He will do well. Good luck cub.”