Former Rangers ace Lewis MacLeod has retired from soccer aged 28, after revealing he has gone by way of bodily and psychological ‘trauma’ for years.
MacLeod, from Newmains, says former Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe urged him to see a psychologist in the direction of the tip of his taking part in days and he or she made him realise simply how a lot of a bodily and psychological battle he had been by way of.
The midfielder suffered a proper knee damage at Plymouth, underwent surgical procedure in June final 12 months, however knew even then that he was in all probability retirement.
Regardless of help from former Rangers physio Steve Walker, MacLeod endured ache all through rehab, and realised that he has been by way of loads in recent times.
On seeing a psychologist, MacLeod stated: “It was the primary time I might let go of all the things I had held onto for years. An enormous weight off my shoulders.
“Six years coping with all of it myself, not talking about how I felt.
“She acquired me to take her by way of my profession from 16, and he or she highlighted all the things she classed as ‘trauma’. There have been 19 traumas in 10 years.
“I hadn’t realised the impact they could’ve had on me.
“At that time she stated ‘I am not stunned you take a while away from soccer’.
“However I nonetheless have a love for the sport. I might like to be concerned in some capability.
“The final 18 months have been devoted to rehab. Now’s a transitional interval, seeing what I’ve to do, and taking the steps to go and try this.”
MacLeod was one of many stars of Rangers’ journey by way of the decrease leagues, having damaged into the primary group in 2012, and signed a five-year contract extension in September of that 12 months, however a knee damage suffered in January 2013 saved him out till the tip of that season.
He began the 2013-14 season properly, however once more in January an hostile response to a viral an infection affected the muscle groups across the coronary heart, severely threatening his profession, and ruling him out for the remainder of that season.
A severe hamstring damage in December 2014 in a 3-2 defeat towards Alloa proved to be his final sport for Rangers, and he left for Brentford, having scored 16 objectives in 74 appearances over two-and–a-half years.
Hamstring and medial ligament accidents plagued MacLeod and he moved on to Wigan in 2019, earlier than touchdown at Plymouth in 2020.
He stated: “I had at all times been injury-prone, if you wish to say that. By no means small accidents, all out lengthy durations.
“A grade-three hamstring tear, coronary heart drawback, torn ACL and torn medial ligaments. You nearly brace your self for the worst.
“Actually, I’ve had that concern from after I left Rangers, and after I ultimately acquired match, I had it in thoughts, and was by no means the identical as earlier than.
“I’ve ready myself for this. Sadly, I’ve acquired to a degree the place I can not proceed.
“The surgeons say they’ve exhausted all avenues, aside from one other op, however that they had no concept if it might profit me – it would even set me again.”
MacLeod added: “One factor that annoys me is the timing of when it began to occur, and the realisation I used to be by no means going to succeed in the degrees I ought to have.
“I used to be taking part in very well for Rangers, acquired a Scotland call-up. I did my hamstring simply after that and that is what killed me.
“Nevertheless, I do depend myself very luck in the way in which I broke in at Rangers, albeit within the Third Division.
“Taking part in for the membership my household and I help is one thing I’ll at all times cherish. I’ve nice reminiscences of my debut, taking part in at a full Ibrox, scoring some good objectives.
“I’d like to have come again and performed for Rangers within the Premiership.”