Ex-Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson makes no bones about it – as a manager and professional Thomson sees himself one day at the helm of his former club.

The ex-Gers youth coach said as much as he took his first managerial role at Kelty Hearts, filling another ex-Rangers midfielder’s shoes by taking on the League Two club role.

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Ex-Rangers star Kevin Thomson wants to one day manage Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Barry Ferguson left for Alloa Athletic – and isn’t without his troubles with the Wasps – but Thomson was more than happy to take his place with Kelty.

And his start to life with the newly promoted SPFL side hasn’t been bad at all for Thomson who is enjoying a bright start in continuing what Fergie started.

Kelty remain unbeaten in the Scottish fourth flight, their seven wins and two draws in nine matches enough to catapult them to the top of the table following their promotion from the Lowland League.

Already four points clear in the hunt for promotion, Thomson’s certainly not doing his chances of leaving an impression in Scotland no harm with his early start to management life.

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Thomson has guided the side to five wins in their last six matches and they’re now far and away favourites to join Ferguson’s Alloa side in League One next season.

Kevin Thomson harbours ambitions of becoming Rangers manager

Still a RangersTV commentator when the chance allows, Kevin is well-spoken and popular amongst Gers fans but there’s no doubt the ex-Gers B Team coach has some way to go before taking over at Ibrox.

But it’s that ambition which drove Thomson to take the Kelty job as he explains that in order to eventually get his dream role, he was going to have to take the plunge eventually.

“It was a tough decision to leave Rangers,” said Thomson [Daily Record].

“The relationship I had with the players, club, board and the manager meant it was difficult.


“I weighed it all up and decided that if I am going to go on a journey that leads me to where I want to be one day, then I wasn’t sure I could get there by continuing to do the role I was doing at Rangers.

“I had to take the plunge and I would like to think the door will always be open for me to go back.

“I am not saying there will always be a job there for me but it’s a club that has always looked after me.

“So I left with a heavy heart – but I’ve left before when I was a player, moving down to Middlesbrough, which never worked out for me, and I got an opportunity to go back.

“Hopefully this time, it will work out for me and you never know, I might be back one day.

“That’s my ambition. I was like that as a player. I wanted to play at the highest level I possibly could, to win trophies and work with the best players and under the best managers.

Thomson is enjoying a solid start to life with Kelty Hearts. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“I achieved all that at Rangers. I’m the same as a manager. I want to work with the best players and in the top leagues.

“I want to work full-time – obviously Kelty is a part-time role and while that has given me some of my life back, everybody knows I’m a grafter so I want to be a full-time manager.”

Only 36, if Thomson’s ambitious and fiesty character has told us anything over the years, it’s never to write the popular ex-Gers midfielder off.

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