THE offer to join Rangers’ Academy on a full-time basis was something cult hero Kevin Thomson simply couldn’t turn down.
Thomson has taken up a new day-to-day role as assistant coach of the club’s under-18 side alongside David McCallum and fellow ex-player Gregory Vignal.
It’s an exciting role for Thomson to follow on from the work he has already been doing in the club’s youth setup, and he told RangersTV: “I’m delighted to be back. I’ve obviously been working part-time taking the under-13s and 15s, and Craig [Mulholland] approached me about a month back and asked if I would be interested in a full-time role.
“An opportunity arose with Malky Thomson moving into Steven Wright’s role so that left a vacancy for Malky’s job.
“Craig [Mulholland] touched base to see if I would be interested and it was a no-brainer for me to come back.
“The stuff that I have got outwith like coaching in my own academy and the media stuff were things I had to think about but the opportunity to come back to the club and work on a full-time basis with the under-18s was a no-brainer.”
Thomson believes he has developed hugely in the few years since hanging his boots up, and he revealed a few of his methods as he continues to try and further himself as a coach.
“I am a learner,” he added. “I like to get my hands dirty and I am a grafter. I like to be on the pitch and I like to coach – but the reality for 21st century coaches is you do need to be good on the computer and you need to do analysis stuff, though if you get to the top like the manager potentially, you might have people do that for you.
“It is a good learning curve and it is taking me out of my comfort zone. I think when you are challenged and tested as an individual you improve if you meet that challenge head-on.
“That is what I do. I try to learn every day and try to pick people’s brains. I am always speaking to people and I like to know all the lads, whether it is the younger ones or it is the older ones.
“I know all the under-18s and the Reserves already, even though I’ve never worked with them because when they used to be in and I was in, I would like to speak to them and I would get to know them.
“Hopefully it will be an easy transition for me.
“I always said if I got an opportunity to work at a club, and especially coming back to Rangers, I would want to make a difference.
“If I feel as though I don’t make a difference, which I believe in myself I can, then I don’t see there being any point in me being here.
“So I am here to challenge myself and challenge the players, and fingers crossed, the path I am on can hopefully take me to the top.”