Ex-Rangers star Thomson lifts lid on Gerrard advice and sets sights on managing at Ibrox one day


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NEW Kelty Hearts manager Kevin Thomson has revealed Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was the last person he spoke to before leaving Ibrox - and how he plans to take his job one day.
The former Gers youth coach left Govan to take up his first management role in senior football with the Fife side, newly-promoted into League Two.
Kevin Thomson will be on the touchline for Kelty Hearts next season

He will replace another ex-Light Blues midfielder at the helm of the ambitious club in Barry Ferguson.
As he prepares to take the reins at New Central Park, he lifted the lid on the conversations he had with Gerrard that convinced him it was the right time to move on.
Thomson told the Essential Scottish Football Podcast: "The gaffer's been unbelievable with me to be fair - to be honest I think he's unbelievable with everyone, he's got time for everyone.
"I never knew him obviously apart form knowing his playing career and how wonderful a football player he was.

"I'd played against him pre-season one year for Rangers against Liverpool but apart from that I'd never came across him.
"So for him to have his door open for a young coach like myself was amazing.
"I'd like to think that it's like that at every club but I'm pretty sure it's not.
"So when I spoke to the manager he did say that obviously our journeys are different - his dream is to obviously get to where he wants to get to [at Liverpool].
Before winning the title with Rangers, Steven Gerrard coached Liverpool's youth

"My dream is to hopefully be in his seat one day and your gut has to tell you whether your path is right.
"He [Gerrard] was actually the last person I spoke to.
"His phone call was the one that made my mind up.
"I felt that he had done what I had. I've done the academy for a bit longer than he did but when I weighed things up and got a lot of advice from a lot of good people, it made my gut feel that it was the right decision."

Thomson, 36, has his own academy that he set up towards the end of his playing days.
The former midfielder, who came through the ranks at Hibs, admitted that he's been waiting for the chance to step up from youth coaching for some time.
He said: "I've been waiting for this day for a long time.
"It's always been my path, always been my vision.

"You need to be bold, you need to take opportunities when they come along and I felt that having a wonderful relationship with Rangers, everyone knows how much I love it and loved working there.
"The club has a massive place in my heart so it was a difficult one but at the same time I think that if I want to get to where I want to get to then it was an opportunity I really had to take seriously and look at.
"Ultimately you do a lot of due diligence, you speak to a lot of people, you ask for advice and in the end it just felt right."


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He is made of the right stuff to become a Rangers manager in years to come.

Let’s hope he gets the experiences and success which will allow that to happen.


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I’ve said before I hope KT ends up in a senior position with us. Best of luck KT. In my eyes you will always be welcome at Ibrox


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I can’t remember us playing Liverpool in a friendly.

Was probably pissed :))

We got hammered 4-0, Novo missed from about a yard out and f*cking Ngog scored for them

Would be brilliant to see Thomson back as manager one day (on merit of course)

There seems to be a bit of money behind Kelty Hearts, brings about a good level of ambition and pressure for him to work with.

Big D

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Good first step for him. Kelty seem to be a club with ambition, so better there than at one of the many 'dead wood' clubs in Scotland who just want to survive as they are. He'll obviously need to prove himself at a much higher level before he'd merit the Rangers job, but I hope he does.


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Heard KT at a Heart & Hand night at Ibrox and he spoke very well. He has a visible drive in him. You can see it and it comes through when he speaks.

Good luck KT. With hard work, talent and a bit of luck, then who knows. The Bears will be supporting you from afar.


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I wish him all the best unless they ever come up against us. He seems like a smashing bloke and a top football man. I hope he’s wearing our managers suit one day. He may be a Hibee but he also loves our club.


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Good luck to him, he is clearly highly thought if at the club and that will hopefully stand him good stead for the top job if he proves himself elsewhere

Brennan Huff

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I think he was referring to the fact that si ferry is a shit for brains cunť.

Might need to verify that but all signs point to yes.

I guess you're basing all this on his personality on Open Goal despite the fact it's been said by several teammates/coaches that when the Football starts, he's deadly serious & not the fact that he's a highly rated youth coach whose outlook is very similar to KT?

Might need to verify that, but all signs point to yes.