Glenavon have announced former Northern Ireland and Glasgow Celtic winger Paddy McCourt will leave the club in a mutual agreement with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old joined the Lurgan Blues in July but has struggled for form at Mourneview Park, and he is now set to take a break from football until the summer where he will assess his options.

"Paddy is a model professional and he's been very honourable and shown great integrity in the way he has dealt with me," said Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton.

"He feels that he hasn't reached the heights he had hoped to and I feel that sometimes the way we played didn't suit Paddy.

"When I signed him I had hoped he would fit in with our style of play at the time but it hasn't worked out that way so we agreed that it would be best for both parties to release him.

"Paddy told me he has found it difficult to adjust to part-time football from being full-time and he missed the full-time regime of training everyday.

"Myself, the coaching staff and the players have all really enjoyed working with Paddy and I personally wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to do as he weighs up his options for the future."

McCourt returned to Northern Ireland after a spell at Luton Town when his wife Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Ruaidhri Higgins, another former Derry City player, has been released by Coleraine after an injury-hit spell with the Bannsiders.