Former Rangers winger Chris Burke has opened up on his decision to hang up his boots and return to Kilmarnock in a coaching role as he aims for a long career in the dugout after becoming Reserves, U18s and Intermediates coach at Rugby Park.
Burke left Killie at the end of last season as he mulled over his future but now rejoins the club and takes up a role as part of Derek McInnes’ coaching staff, admitting he’d reached a ‘crossroads’ in life.
The former Rangers star thinks the chance to start his ‘new journey’ at Killie was reinforced by manager Derek McInnes’ communication with him over the summer.
“I did a lot of thinking and reflecting after coming to a crossroads in my life on what path to take next. I now have clarity in how I feel,” Burke said.
“I know I said I was going to continue playing but I must say that I had to come back to the club.
“In the back of my mind, I felt that my sense of fulfilment in life and the place to start my new journey was here.
“I have to thank the manager especially because he maintained good communication with me to see how I was. He’s not just a great coach and manager but a great leader so he was another big factor in coming back here.”
Ex-Rangers star should get great grounding working with McInnes at Killie
Burke’s start in full-time coaching should see him get a good grounding working under McInnes at Rugby Park.
The former Rangers star will get a wide variety of experiences working with different groups for the Ayrshire side as he cuts his teeth in his new role.