Knee injury forces Partridge to retire
RICHIE Partridge has been forced to retire from football prematurely at the age of 30.
The former Liverpool protege and Irish U-21 international, who has been plying his trade with Welsh club TNS, has had his playing days ended by a persistent knee injury.
Partridge played three times in the League Cup during an injury-hit four years at Anfield before moving on to Bristol Rovers, Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Chester, MK Dons and Stockport County.
Long move stalls
READING manager Brian McDermott says Shane Long should be playing in the Premier League this season, but as of yet the club have received no bids from the top flight.
West Ham have dropped their interest due to the £10m price tag the Royals have put on the Ireland man.
Rangers sent packing
Rangers crashed out of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Malmo last night, losing the qualifier tie 2-1 on aggregate.
Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra were both shown straight red cards, before Malmo's Ricardinho was also dismissed.
Nikica Jelavic cancelled out Daniel Larsson's strike from last week's clash in Glasgow, but Jiloan Hama's strike condemned Rangers to a Europa League play-off spot.