Angus Beith admits his benefit match between Hearts and Inverness CT on Monday will be an emotional night but he’s ready to make the most of a life without playing football.
The former Jambos midfielder was forced to retire from the game recently aged only 23 after finally succumbing to injury.
He moved to the Caley Jags last season but was largely unable to train, let alone play, due to an ongoing issue with his hip.
After mentally preparing himself for the moment, he broke the news to his family and his manager – John Robertson – that the time was right to call it quits and announced it publicly in April.
Now coaching Hearts U12s, his two former clubs arranged a benefit match, which takes place on Monday evening at Tynecastle, and the former Scotland U19 cap expressed his gratitude towards both clubs for coming together and arranging this game.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Angus said: “I think it shows the class of the two clubs, getting together and looking after somebody who has played for both teams.
“I’m hugely grateful, they didn’t have to do this for me so it probably will be an emotional night.
“I feel like I’ve dealt with that (the emotional side) but seeing boys that I’ve played with and two teams that I’ve obviously been involved with…I’m sure it will stir up a few emotions and I’ll have my family there as well.
“I think the overriding emotion is that I’m very grateful that they’ve managed to do this and put it on for me.”
The Angus Beith Benefit Match kicks off at 7.30pm on Monday, July 8th at Tynecastle Park.
Entry is £6 adults, £3 concessions and tickets can be bought online at Hearts eTickets, over the phone by calling 0333 043 1874, option 1 then 8 or by visiting the Hearts Ticket Office in person.
The Ticket Office will be open until kick-off on Monday night for ticket sales.
Angus’ interview is available to watch on HeartsTV in full and for free by clicking here.