Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch says his former teammate David Weir advised him to earn his coaching badges with the Scottish FA if he wants to reach the top as a football manager.
McCulloch is at Largs this week as part of his A Licence course and would love a crack at management when he hangs up his boots.
He said: “I’m in the latter stages of my career and I really want to get my A Licence and find a way into coaching.
“I’m really close to Davie Weir and he always told me to do my badges in Scotland because you know they will be done right.
“There are some great guys down here leading the course like Jim Fleeting and Donald Park and there is a really good atmosphere in the group.
“They have been helping us immensely with the stuff and everyone wants to learn us much as they can.
Whilst McCulloch is still fully focussed on his career at Rangers, he revealed he will be looking to gain some coaching experience with the youth players at their Murray Park training base before embarking on a career in management.
“I’m going to have a word with Ally McCoist when I get back,” he said.
“I would like to watch Tommy Wilson and Jimmy Sinclair and see how the operate the academy. We have some excellent coaches at the club so it would be daft of me not to tap into that.
“Everyone taking their A Licence would love a shot at being a maanger but you have to start at the bottom and work your way up – like any job.
“I would be delighted to get some coaching experience at my club or at another club and see where it takes me but ultimately I want to be my own man one day.”
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