MORTON legend Chris Millar says helping the club stay in the Championship was the perfect end to his career at Cappielow after penning a one-year deal with Lowland League side East Kilbride.

The midfield veteran admits it has been difficult to say goodbye to the club he first joined in 2003 after his move to the Lowland League outfit was completed this week.

But he says ending his eight-year stint on Sinclair Street by playing a key role in Ton's play-off semi-final victory against Montrose proved to be a fitting farewell.

Millar says he will cherish the highlights of his two spells at Cappielow - including winning the Third and Second Division titles - and insists Gus MacPherson and Andy Millen can bring more success to Cappielow in future.

In the first part of an extended interview with the Telegraph, he said: “It wasn’t the send-off that I would’ve wanted. I’d have liked to have played with the fans in the stands one last time, but to have one last 90 minutes against Montrose, with all those fans up in the car park, was just brilliant.

“To get that last game has left me with the feeling of having played a big part in keeping the club in the division.

“I felt as if I had a good game too – it was so good to be a part of that and it’s unfortunate that I picked up a knock in my foot that ruled me out of the next two games.

“But to have played a part in that game and win and then watch as the next two games took care of themselves – it was special.

“I’d have loved to have stayed at the club and been a part of something, in any capacity, but it wasn’t up to me, which I respect a lot.

"Even with the coaching side of things, there was nothing there for me, so I’ve had to look for pastures new to continue on in football at East Kilbride.

“I’ve been at the club for eight years, it was brilliant and I've thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“I got a lot of heart-warming messages from the fans which I really appreciated.

“It was harder leaving this time around. Even though I was comfortable with it in my head, when it was announced and I was getting all the messages, I was really emotional.

“Morton have been a massive part of my career, they gave me my chance and the platform to go and play in the Premiership.

“The club have been great to me and it’s been a wrench leaving but Morton will move on and I hope that this season they go from strength to strength under Gus and Andy because they’re great people to take the club forward.

“Morton will always be my club, along with St Johnstone, and they’ll be the first one I look out for on a Saturday when the scores are coming through.

“There have been a few lows but there have been so many highs.

"Winning the two titles and then staying up against Partick Thistle on the final day, before staying up in the play-offs this time around, my time at Morton has been nothing but a success and I’ll only have fond memories of it.

“When I left the club, I spoke with Gus and Andy and they told me to keep playing because I still had that desire and drive.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to in football has said the same and it definitely hasn’t left me.

"I’ll know myself when my time comes but there’s still plenty of life in the legs yet.

“Hopefully playing part-time will suit me as well and help me play for that bit longer."

Millar says that he is looking forward to a new lease of life with East Kilbride, headed by Stevie Aitken and Rangers legend Ian Durrant.

And the 38-year-old believes that he can help Kilby achieve promotion to the SPFL next season.

He added: “I just wanted to be playing games again and know where I was standing – I’m really excited to get going at East Kilbride.

“It’s a new lease of life for me at a time where a lot of people will think that I’m coming to the end of my playing days.

“They’ve shown a bit of ambition, they want to try and get out of the division and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to go and try and win something.

“I knew that I wanted to come here as soon as I spoke with Stevie Aitken. He wants me to play and he sold it to me so well – it was a no-brainer for me.

“It is about enjoying it at my age, but you also want to win so hopefully we can do that here.”