Former Celtic striker Kenny Miller – one of the few players to start in Glasgow derbies for both the Hoops and Rangers – announced his retirement on Thursday after a long career, BBC Sport reported.

One man who paid tribute to Miller’s career was former Hoops striker Chris Sutton.

“Well done to Kenny Miller on a fantastic career. 24 years in the game. Total dedication” he posted on Twitter.

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Interestingly, Sutton and Miller just failed to cross paths whilst at Celtic. Sutton left the Hoops to join Birmingham City in January 2006, BBC Sport reported.

Duo failed to cross paths at Hoops

Meanwhile, that same month, Miller signed a pre-contract agreement to join Celtic from Wolves, as reported by BBC Sport.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton / (Photo by Chris Furlong/Getty Images)

It would have been intriguing to see if the duo could have played in a strike partnership together. Sutton could have won the headers, to possibly create chances for Miller, but we will never know.

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The duo actually do have something in common, when it comes to their time at Celtic. They both found the back of the net in their first appearances against Rangers.

Both players scored in derby debuts

Sutton scored twice in the legendary 6-2 win over the Ibrox club in August 2000. Meanwhile, Miller scored in his first derby in a 2-0 win in September 2006.

Kenny Miller in action against Rangers

Kenny Miller in action against Rangers (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Miller will never be popular with Celtic fans due to the fact that he had three different spells with Rangers.

However, he does deserve credit for managing to play until he was 40, and it was no surprise to see Sutton pay tribute to the player.

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