EIGHT years after leaving Rangers as a player, Kevin Thomson is back, and he can’t wait to get started.
The 33 year-old will take up a new role with the club’s under-13s, having greatly impressed Gers’ Academy staff with his work in setting-up with own youth academy in Edinburgh.
He joins a number of other former Gers players in the Academy such as Peter Lovenkrands and Stephen Wright, and he admits the decision to return to the club for him was a no-brainer.
Speaking exclusively to this week’s Official Rangers Podcast, he explained: “I’m obviously delighted. I met Craig [Mulholland] on Sunday there, and we had a good chat regarding a role back at the club, and it never really took much thought from me.
“It’s always something, since I’ve started my own Academy, that I wanted to take steps into the senior game and there is no better place to have my first opportunity to coach some youngsters.
“I’ve always said when I have gone back to the club, to do bits of media and the like, that I have been treated so, so well.
“It’s humbling for me to think I left the club eight years ago, but I still get that backing from the fans. I Probably never realised the fans appreciated and respected me as much as they did until I joined social media in the last year or so.
“The continued support I receive has been overwhelming, and I am just delighted that being a normal lad and being grounded, and that’s something I’d like to pass on to the young players, to be respectful and be hardworking, then you will get there.
“If you just think it’s going to happen for you, then it will not. Everything I’ve had to date, for a young guy at 33, I’ve worked really, really hard for.
“It’s humbling for me that people respect that.”
The opportunity to work with young players interests Thomson greatly, and, in getting the best out of them, he hopes to get the best out of himself too.
He continued: “It excites me that much to think that they are so young and are on a path that I was on one day myself, and I just want to give them as much help as possible and to speak to them for the first time and tell them that I want to be there for them, I want to work hard for them and I want us to improve.
“Both me as a young coach and them as young players, and if we can improve together and work as hard as I will for them, then they can be want they want to be.
“It’s up to them as individuals when they come through those gates at Auchenhowie that they come in and treat every training session as if it’s their last. They are the demands I’ll be trying to place on them.”
In tandem with his Rangers role, Thomson will be able to keep his own academy going, and that, for him, was vitally important.
He added: “I’ve worked really hard and my Academy will never be as big as Rangers – that’s the challenge for me as a small business that was just a small idea in my head that I’ve tried to make into a really successful academy.
“I’ve worked day and night on it with all my own ideas and all my own stuff with a little bit of help from friends here and there.
“I would hate to give that up. I said that to Craig and he was so accommodating.”