Retired footballer Angus Beith grateful ahead of benefit match between Inverness Caley Thistle and Hearts in Edinburgh
Angus Beith admits his benefit match between Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle tonight will be emotional, 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 aged only 23 after finally succumbing to injury.
He moved to the Caley Jags last summer in a part-exchange deal that saw Jake Mulraney move to Edinburgh, but Beith was largely unable to train – let alone play – due to an ongoing issue with his hip.
Beith had an operation on it last summer, and John Robertson had hoped to have him back in contention early in the season, but that was not to be and Beith publicly announced his retirement in April.
Beith was able to stay in football, now coaching Hearts' under-12s team.
His two former clubs arranged a benefit match for tonight which kicks off at 7.30pm at Tynecastle, and the former Scotland under-19 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 [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.”