Ex-Scotland midfielder James Morrison has retired from football, West Brom have confirmed.

The experienced former Scots international has been without a club since the summer following his Baggies departure. He has now rejoined the Hawthorns club, but this time in a coaching capacity.

Morrison is hanging up the boots. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Speaking about his retirement, the 33-year-old told the BBC: “It’s been really hard to make this decision. Football has been my life for so long. It’s difficult to say goodbye to that.

“The opportunity to return to this club to begin some coaching has helped me come to terms with my playing days coming to an end.”

Morrison did have potential suitors after West Brom exit

Whilst he hasn’t found a new club, there was interest in Morrison. He said recently that clubs in League One were interested but he didn’t want to drop down the footballing ladder (BBC).

Morrison wanted to compete at a high level. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Morrison was even linked with a move to the SPFL, with Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs all credited with interest during the summer (Scottish Sun).

During his playing career, Morrison made 46 appearances for Scotland, debuting during a 3-1 defeat to the Czech Republic. His last appearance was against Slovakia two years ago.

Upon his return to West Brom, Morrison will work with the club’s under-16s, 18s and 23s.

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