ANDY LITTLE has revealed the draw of working for Rangers again is what has prompted him to join the Childrens’ Academy coaching staff.
Little will work with the under-8s,9s and 10s at the club on a part time basis, and he is thrilled to be back wearing the club’s colours once more.
He explained: “I’m delighted and I am really looking forward to getting involved. I’ve done a little bit with the community side of things and really, really enjoyed it, but to get properly back involved at the club is a dream come true.
“I honestly don’t think I’d be as keen to do it anywhere else. A big part of me getting involved in coaching is that I would love to be involved here.
“I have loved the club from day one and when you see young lads coming through, I imagine that feeling as a coach must be a pretty good one.”
Little had asked specifically to work with the younger age groups, and he revealed his reasons behind that as well as what he hopes to pass on to them having himself been an Academy product.
He continued: “Mainly because I had done a little bit of work with that age around the community side of things.
“It’s an important age in many ways as it’s young lads who are full of big dreams and hopes, and we are just trying to get them clued in on professional sport and how you need to dedicate themselves.
“They’ll all have dreams and wishes, but they maybe don’t understand what it entails and I’ve obviously experienced that myself and hopefully I can try and help them on the right way.
“I’d like to think I was never totally blessed in ability and certainly I always thought there were better players than me around the place, but it always felt like I had the best attitude and work rate, and that’s hopefully something that I can put on to them.”
Little realises big changes have been made on a number of fronts within the Academy since he graduated, but he is looking forward to learning about them and giving his own input.
He added: “Speaking to Craig [Mulholland] and some of the coaches, it is totally different to what I experienced 11 years ago now when I started. It seems totally different for the better though, and they have obviously tapped into clubs down south and clubs in Europe who are doing it this way.
“I have a lot to learn as well as I am relatively new to coaching but hopefully I can pick up as much as I can from them but certainly from what I have heard it seems like the right way to go about it and every player that comes through has certain things they think maybe could have been better.
“But this seems to be the right way and hopefully I can help with my thoughts on things I didn’t like or I felt I could have been better.”