BRIAN GILMOUR never missed a step in his youth career as he progressed through the ranks at Rangers. The final one proved the hardest to take, however.
Now he is preparing others for the final stages of their own journeys as they look to make what they hope will be the leap forward from Auchenhowie to Ibrox in the coming years.
Capped at various youth levels for Scotland and a part of the side that lost out to Spain in the Under-19s European Championships in 2006, Gilmour rose to within touching distance of the Light Blues first team. But his big break never came as the midfielder saw his dreams dashed.
Spells with the likes of Clyde and Queen of the South, as well as stints in Finland with FC Haka and at Icelandic outfit KA, followed before Gilmour moved to Ayr United five years ago.
Away from Somerset Park, he has returned to where it all started and is back in blue after being appointed to the Academy staff at the Rangers Football Centre last summer.
And the 31-year-old is pleased to have the chance to work in familiar surroundings and help somewhat unknown talents fulfil …read more