Kelty Hearts manager Kevin Thomson has opened up on his decision to leave Rangers and take charge at the ambitious Fifers, admitting it was a “difficult one” but the opportunity to succeed Barry Ferguson at New Central Park “just felt right.”

Thomson was in charge of the Light Blues B team before Ferguson’s surprise departure from Kelty days after he secured promotion to the SPFL for the first time in the club’s history.

Thomson has made no secret of his desire to be a manager in his own right though and confessed he’d been waiting for a “long time” to get the chance to take his first steps in management.

“I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” Thomson said, speaking to the Any Other Business podcast.

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“It’s always been my path, it’s always been my vision. I don’t think you can…especially in Scottish football or football in general, you can dictate your path but you need to be bold, you need to be brash and take opportunities when they come along.

“I felt, having a wonderful relationship with the club…obviously, everyone knows how much I love the club and love working there; whether it was taking the 13s with Greg Statt or the 15s with Stevie Wright, just being back, being associated with the club, everyone knows it’s got a massive place in my heart, it was a difficult one.

“But if I want to get to where I want to be, [Kelty] was an opportunity I had to look at and take seriously.

“Ultimately, you do a lot of due dilligence and speak to a lot of people and ask for advice. In the end, it just felt right that the opportunity was good enough for me to take that chance.”

Thomson hasn’t wasted time in strengthening the squad at Kelty, adding former Rangers midfielder Jamie Barjonas as well as Joe Cardle and Jordon Forster.

While moving on means Thomson will miss the chance to lead Rangers B in their maiden season in the Lowland League, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back at Ibrox in some capacity in the future.

The former Rangers player and coach is a well-liked figure among the Gers’ support and his return in the future would no doubt be a popular one.

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