Big Sam hails retiring Tugay

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce paid tribute to midfielder Tugay Kerimoglu on Friday, after the Premier League club announced the 38-year-old would retire at the end of the season. "You can't go on forever and Tugay has had a magnificent time and a magnificent run -- playing at the top for most of his career," Allardyce told the club website. "It has drawn to a very good end, certainly if we stay in the Premier League, and he has made a big contribution to helping us." Former Turkey international Tugay signed for Rovers from Scottish side Rangers in 2001 for 1.3 million pounds and has made more than 200 appearances for the club. BLACKBURN FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: My Secret Vice Sam Allardyce Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson What Happened Next? David May Plus! Rate Rovers players (and others) on Talentspotter