Ronan Scannell preparing for ‘emotional day’ as he dons Cliftonville shirt for last time

Ronan Scannell
Ronan Scannell

Ronan Scannell admits emotions will be running high when he makes his last appearance for Cliftonville on Saturday.

Scannell will bring down the curtain on a 16-year association with the Reds when he steps out against Glentoran.

It has been a stellar career for the 35-year-old, who played a vital role in the club’s back-to-back title successes in 2013 and ‘14.

“I got pretty emotional after last week’s final home game. It just came over me,” Scannell said.

“So dear knows what this Saturday will be like at The Oval.

“I have some great memories from my time with Cliftonville, and it will be strange not being part of the squad any more.

“I have watched the club progress from relegation battles to claiming back-to-back titles.

“I also played in the Champions League against Celtic and captained the side against Debrecen last year. Memories that will last forever.”

Scannell admits he will take some time out from football before deciding his next challenge.

“I have four kids now, and Irish League football takes up a lot of your time,” he said.

“I don’t have any plans right now. I might do my coaching badges further down the line. But for now I plan to take it easy and maybe watch a few more matches.

“I will miss match-day and all the lads, but it has to come to an end sometime.”