Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has revealed he interviewed for the Kilmarnock job when the role was vacant as he aims to manage a full-time club in the near future.
Thomson is currently impressing at Kelty Hearts in what is a fantastic first senior management role for the 37-year-old. The Fife side pulled off a massive Scottish Cup upset at the weekend, knocking out the holder’s St Johnstone to progress to the fifth round.
Although he is doing well, it is surely inevitable that he will move higher up the pyramid in the near future, especially after his recent comments stating that he applied for the vacant Killie job before Derek McInnes took over.
“Everyone knows I was linked with the Killie job,” said Thomson [BBCSport].
“I wanted to put myself in that position to speak to the board. The club is not naïve, they know my aspiration is to become a full-time manager at a big club.
“That has to be my path, but at the same time, I am as honest as the day is long and, when that phone call went to Kelty, I wanted to sit in front of a board and sell myself.
“Ultimately, I didn’t get the job, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed that I didn’t get the job because I’ve got a brilliant job at Kelty, and I’m fully focussed and committed to the lads.”
Kevin Thomson has a bright future in management
The future looks bright for Thomson as he has led Kelty to the top spot in League Two since he took over from former Ibrox teammate Barry Ferguson in the summer.
Applying for the Killie job shows how ambitious he is and even though he missed out on the role, it won’t put him off from applying for other roles further down the line.
The way he is going, clubs bigger than Kilmarnock will surely be circling around Kelty and trying to poach him.
Kelty Hearts have a big job on their hands keeping Kevin Thomson, that’s for sure.