Tomas Cerny has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 due to injury, following a knee knock at Aberdeen this term.

The goalkeeper picked up the injury earlier this term and has decided to hang up the gloves after a fruitful career, much of which was spent in Scottish football. He is well-loved at Hamilton and Partick Thistle, remembered as a cult hero at the Dons too.

Cerny has retired. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now the Czech keeper is looking forward to life as a teacher in the north-east: “My career comes to an end. It is not the way I planned it, but my knee injury means I’m not able to take part in regular training and matches, and the Club needs a goalkeeper now.

“Given the current situation I feel it is the right time to retire and focus on the future. Over the past two and half years at the Club I’ve made some fantastic memories that will stay with me forever and more importantly established friendships that I hope will continue to thrive.

“Looking back at my 20 years in professional football, I’m very happy and grateful for what I have achieved. Growing up in a small town in the Czech Republic I never imagined I’d end up playing top-flight football in four different countries and rack up over 400 games in professional football as well as being involved in Czech national teams at various levels and taking part in two European Championships, at U19 and U21 level.

He has those Aberdeen days at Easter Road. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I’m excited about my next chapter in my life which is becoming a PE teacher. I will start my postgraduate teaching training in August and I’m planning to teach in the North-east of Scotland where I’m now very settled with my family and hoping to have a positive influence on the lives of young people.”

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