By Joe Ellis

7th May, 2022 | 2:10pm

Rangers academy coach Connor Brennan signs part-time deal with Stenhousemuir

Rangers Under-18s goalkeeper coach Connor Brennan has put pen to paper on a part-time deal to play for Scottish League Two side Stenhousemuir.

The 28-year-old most recently played for East Kilbride in the Lowland Football League and helped them to a league title by being named the Supporters’ Player of the Season.

Brennan, a former Northern Ireland Under-21 international, has been working with the young shot-stoppers at Auchenhowie but was up against them this season with Rangers B also in the Lowland League alongside East Kilbride.

The Warriors finished this season’s Scottish League Two in fifth after an average season in which they finished 32 points behind champions Kelty Hearts.

He will keep his role at Rangers going and work alongside the Under-18s to offer them vital advice in both on and off-field issues they may come across as he keeps his own playing career going.

Double up

It’s not easy to balance two jobs at once and Brennan will have plenty to do at Auchenhowie as well as keep goal for Stenhousemuir in the fourth tier.

It might be seen as a worry for Rangers to have one of their coaches plying their trade elsewhere but it could be invaluable for the young goalkeepers at the club.

Almost too often, coaches are long retired by the time they get to a big club and their advice can often be outdated as a result when it comes to both on and off-field problems.

There won’t be any of that with Brennan though because he may well be experiencing the same things as these teenage glovesmen are while with the Warriors and he can use his experience to find the solution and pass it onto the youngsters.

it might not be the first thought when hiring a new coach but having recent knowledge of playing the game can go a long way and we’re about to see that in action.

In other Rangers news, Tom English was astonished by what he saw on Thursday night (5 May) as the Gers reached the Europa League final.