Andy Little RYDC Twitter Q&A
Former Rangers striker Andy Little hung up his boots earlier this season but the ex-Northern Ireland international is excited about his future and has no regrets about calling time on his playing career after a series of injuries.
Aged just 29, Andy took the decision to retire from professional football in November last year when he was at Dumbarton.
He had recovered from a serious head injury picked up in April 2017 while at Stirling Albion but sadly he was never able to recapture the fitness and form he showed for the Light Blues in 2012/13 – when he bagged 25 goals and played a big part in helping Rangers progress back to the top flight.
Despite no longer playing, the former Rangers Academy graduate says he cherishes the memories he has of pulling on the famous blue jersey and has achieved more than he ever thought he would in the game.
A stunning volley against Kilmarnock in the cup, a goal against Celtic in a 3-2 win at Ibrox in March 2012 and a regular scorer for Rangers in season 2012/13 are just some of the highlights he can look back on with pride.
Andy took part in a recent Twitter Q&A for RYDC reflecting on his Light Blues career. Here are the highlights of his session…
Q – Jord1808 – If you could have played with one Rangers player over the years who would it be?
A – Gazza – but not just for how good he was on the pitch. I would have loved being in the dressing room every day seeing what he was up to. A proper character. I’d imagine he was like Kyle Lafferty and more!!!!!
Q – Revan – what would you have been if you weren’t a footballer?
A – I would have tried to become a pro golfer. I was handy enough when I was younger – if not that, a car salesman
Q – David Nimmo – How did it feel scoring against Celtic down the Copland Road end?
A – Brilliant. The stuff of dreams. I only wish you could bottle up that feeling, it’s something I will take with me to the grave
Q – Four Lads Had A Dream – How did you feel to be thrown in at right back in your first ever Old Film by Walter to then come in & score in the fixture as a striker years later?
A – I felt fine, surprisingly. After a quick trip to the home changing room toilet! I felt ready for it but 3 seconds in my hamstring went and I hobbled on for 12 mins. The end. Scoring years later was a dream come true.
Q – Did you feel that Ally McCoist let you down when he didn’t renew your contract, many felt it was a mistake?
A – No I didn’t feel let down. To be replaced by Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd, I completely understood. But I would have loved to stay on longer
Q – NYC Bear – One of my favourite parts of the seasons down the divisions was that they played Gina G – Just a little bit every time you scored. Do you play that song any time you achieve something? If not, can you start doing that please?
A – I loved it! Strangely you don’t hear the music on the pitch. But I would have loved to sit in the stand and experience it. My friends and family enjoyed it.
Q – Jordan – Who would you rather have upfront with you. David Healy or Kyle Lafferty?
A – Love them both. Both great lads but Sir David is a hero in Northern Ireland so to play alongside him again would be an honour
Q – GM – Who was the biggest influence on your career?
A – John Quinn my youth team coach at @Ballinamallard He taught us to act like professionals before we were professionals. All the right habits
Q – Euan MacKenzie – Favourite goal. Volley against Killie in the League Cup or the Old Firm goal?
A – The Old Firm wins it for obvious reasons
Q – Sam Sneddon – What message would you give to the strikers in the squad and the younger ones who wish to make it into the first team?
A – Practice, practice, practice! For all young players at Rangers, I am a big believer that they need first team experience asap. So if they need to go on loan so be it
Q – Cooper11 – Who is the best player you played with and against?
A – Best player played with – Steve Davis. Massively underrated player. Mr consistent. Captain of club and country. More importantly a really nice fella. Best player against – Andre Pirlo or Robin Van Persie.
Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.
And in January, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.
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