East Fife player Mark McGuigan has retired from senior football to start a PhD in Sport Science with Celtic and the University of the West of Scotland.

UWS formed a partnership with Celtic last summer and offer three PhD students at the university the opportunity to work alongside the Parkhead club. It is mainly focused around supporting elite youth football development.

V STENHOUSEMUIR.PITTODRIE- ABERDEEN.Stenhousemuir's Mark McGuigan celebrates at full time.

Retiring to take up an opportunity with Celtic. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and recovery are also focused on. East Fife manager Darren Young said of the 32-year-old’s Celtic and UWS move: “I’m absolutely gutted Mark won’t be playing for East Fife this year, but this is an excellent opportunity for him & one that he couldn’t turn down.”

McGuigan was a youth prospect at Celtic before starting his senior career at junior level. He joined Partick Thistle in 2012 and was with Stenhousemuir since 2017, prior to his transfer to East Fife earlier this summer.

NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.

Have something to tell us about this article?