Former Rangers defender Stevie Smith has picked out some of the biggest influences on his career as he embarks on his own coaching career – picking out Gers legends like John Brown, Tom McLean, Tom Forsyth, Ian Durrant.
Smith has started his own youth academy after leaving Kilmarnock and thinks he can pass on things he learned as a player himself.
Although he admits the game has changed drastically, Smith still thinks some of the lessons he learned from more ‘old-school’ coaches can stand him in good stead.
“I think the way that I was brought up in the youth system here is different to the way football is now,” Smith told the Evening Times.
“The way I was brought up at that time was great for me and I loved it. Guys like John Brown, Tom McLean, Tom Forsyth, Ian Durrant, people like that were always great to me. But football is changing, coaching is changing, and I think everybody knows that.
“From that upbringing that I had to now, I still believe that some of the things that those guys had were great for me and are still applicable to the game today, but it is changing.”
Smith spent a decade at Ibrox over two spells book-ending stints at Norwich, Aberdeen, Preston and Portland Timbers.
During his time with the Gers he lifted three Premiership titles, the League One crown and a single Scottish League Cup in 110 appearances.
After leaving Ibrox for the second time, Smith headed to Kilmarnock and spent three years at Rugby Park, including time coaching the Under-20s.