Kevin Thomson has confirmed that he has left Rangers to take the reins at Kelty Hearts, replacing former Ibrox team-mate Barry Ferguson in the hot seat at the SPFL new boys.

Thomson has been a coach at Rangers for several years, working with various age groups from the under-15s through to the B team, having also been a hugely popular figure as a player at Ibrox.

After reports emerged yesterday that Thomson was the front runner for the role, he has confirmed his move and admitted that he left Rangers with a “heavy heart.”

“With a heavy heart I left the club today, can’t tell you how much I’ve loved working and representing you’s all,” Thomson posted on Twitter.

“Special club, and I’m sure I will be back.

“New challenge new start….let’s go.”

Thomson had been expected to take charge of Rangers B next season as they entered the Lowland League but he’ll now be in charge of Kelty as they look to follow the likes of Cove Rangers and Edinburgh City and cement themselves as an established SPFL side.

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First step into management

The move to Kelty is Thomson’s first step in management as the ambitious League Two new boys look to build on the fantastic progress they made under Thomson’s former captain at Rangers.

After Ferguson’s surprise decision not to renew his contract at New Central Park and subsequent move to Alloa, Kelty haven’t wasted their time in appointing his replacement.

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With some fans previously suggesting Thomson as a future Rangers manager, there will be sure to be plenty of interest in his new side.

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