Gregory Vignal RYDC Twitter Q&A

Former Rangers defender Gregory Vignal took part in an exclusive Q&A session on the Rangers Youth Development Company Twitter account.

The Rangers Academy coach enjoyed a hugely successful loan period with the Light Blues in 2004/05 and was delighted to answer fans’ questions.

Here are the highlights of his Q&A….

Q – Callum Brown – What was it like walking out the Ibrox tunnel for the first time and who did you look up to as a footballer? 

A – Playing for a big club brings a big pressure – the people are always expecting a lot. The type of atmosphere at Rangers really helped me as a player. I would thrive on it. It helped me a lot the support of the fans. 

I watched a lot of Eric Cantona – when he used to play at Leeds with my friend Gary McAllister and also at Man Utd. He showed how French players could make an impact in England

Bixente Lizarazu was also someone I looked up to – he was a tremendous player. I played against him for Liverpool in the Super Cup and we swapped jerseys – Great player and a great career he had

Q – David Nimmo – What was it like to start your first Old Firm game?

A – It is difficult to describe – of course you are under pressure. It is a massive derby and you just have to win. I had some experience of big games before but it was a great experience.

Q – Claire – Can you describe the feeling of scoring in an Old Firm game?

What a question – it was fantastic. Unbelievable. It was such a fantastic feeling I was very very happy

Q – Colin – What made you decide to come back to coaching in Scotland? 

A – I had a very good meeting with Mark Allen and I had a good chat with the staff and I wanted to try. This is a new project so game on. The Games Programme for example is a very good idea – playing European teams is such a high level

Q – Stephen – Which club would you have liked to have spent more time at? 

A – Rangers and Liverpool. When you leave Rangers and Liverpool you understand just how big these clubs are – they are more than clubs. Great history and fans – all around the world.

Q  – CS – Would you like to move into management?

It is my target to be a manager – I am just starting my career as a coach and I will take it step by step. Hopefully it will happen – it may take time but I want to do it. I started my badges in 2008 and have my UEFA license and my target is now the Pro Licence

Q – The Ranger – When you scored your goal against Celtic, it looked like you were crying as you wheeled away to celebrate. I know I was!! What was it about this club that got you so wrapped up, and made you want to return to coach? Thanks.

A – It is difficult to understand the feeling – I knew it was a big game we had to win. I was so focused on the game, the pressure & intensity. I was just so happy I knew the manager wanted the win. I was close to Alex McLeish & also played with a broken arm

People told me not to play the game as I had a broken arm but I said to the boss I have to play – we have to win. It was such an emotional day

Q – Stevie – Who do you regard as being the best all-round footballer you played with during your time at Rangers?

A – I think Fernando Ricksen – he was a good captain and leader and we had a great season in 2005

Q – Lornie – Did you ever think you’d be back at Rangers in any capacity?

A – I left a long time ago but I have been coaching for 5 years and I am so happy to be back as a coach at Rangers

Q – Colin – How does coaching in France compare to Scotland? 

It is completely different in France than Scotland. In France, we talk more technically and tactically. It is more intense in Scotland and physical

Q – Gregco – Not a question. Just want to say thanks. The game you scored against Celtic was the first time I had seen us win at Celtic Park.

A – Thank you very much – I really appreciate it. Hopefully one day you will see me on the bench at Rangers helping the team win as a coach

Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.

And in January 2019, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.

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