Kevin Thomson on his Rangers job dreams, Steven Gerrard advice and Jose Mourinho Zoom calls
THE door to the manager's office at Auchenhowie was always open for Kevin Thomson over the last three years. It is the one at New Central Park that offers new opportunities these days. The words of advice and understanding from Steven Gerrard were invaluable to the 36-year-old. He is now ai...
THE door to the manager's office at Auchenhowie was always open for Kevin Thomson over the last three years. It is the one at New Central Park that offers new opportunities these days.
The words of advice and understanding from Steven Gerrard were invaluable to the 36-year-old. He is now aiming to follow in Gerrard's footsteps and has ambitions of walking in his shoes.
Each moment spent with Gerrard was an education for Thomson. He would learn from Gary McAllister, Michael Beale and Tom Culshaw, too, as he saw the management team that would take Rangers to title 55 at close quarters.
That experience will be invaluable as he embarks on the next stage of his career with Kelty Hearts. Thomson is now going it alone as a boss, but he will forever be grateful to those that he has left behind at Rangers.
"I have to say, the gaffer has been unbelievable with me to be fair," Thomson told the Essential Scottish Football Podcast. "To be honest, I think he is unbelievable with everyone. He has got time for everyone.
"I never knew him apart from his playing career and how wonderful a football player he was. He was a world-class icon, obviously, and everyone knows him.
"I never knew him personally. I played against him in pre-season one year for Rangers when Liverpool had played us in a friendly but, apart from that, I had never really come across him.
"To make his door open for a young coach like myself was amazing and that is the whole staff. I knew Gary Mac. I didn't know TC, I never knew Mick. I knew big Colin (Stewart).
"The door always being open, from the academy side to the first team side, is amazing for any young coach. I would like to think it is like that at every club but I am pretty sure it is not.
"When I spoke to the manager, he said that our journeys are obviously different in the respect that his dream is to get to where he wants to get to and my dream is to hopefully be in his seat one day.
"Your gut has to tell you whether the journey and your path is right. He was the last person I spoke to and off the back of his phone call, it was the one that made my mind up.
"I felt that he had done what I have done with the academy, I have done the academy for a bit longer than he had.
"When I weighed things up, I got a lot of advice off a lot of good people and it made my gut feel that it was the right decision for me."
When Gerrard started out on his coaching journey at Melwood, he didn't know where it would take him but he knew where he wanted to end up and talk of a return to Anfield has never been far away during his three years in Glasgow.
Thomson is now embarking on a voyage of discovery himself and he has inherited a Kelty squad that former team-mate Barry Ferguson guided into League Two before he left to join Alloa.