Scott Agnew: East Fife, developing at Rangers and goal scoring memories

You are currently at East Fife under Darren Young. How much are you enjoying live at Bayview?

I’m absolutely loving it. Darren Young has put his trust in me and I know that I’m going to play an important part in his side which has given me a lot of confidence to take onto the pitch. I’m playing regularly and scoring goals which is all you want as a footballer.

At 33, I’m one of the more experienced players in the team and I’m the vice captain of the side which is a great honour. I really enjoy leading the side and helping the younger players that we have at the club. We have some very good players at the club and it’s just a shame that things have been cut short at this moment in time but we are all raring to go again when it’s safe to do so.

What would you say are your most memorable moments at the club so far from a person perspective?

There’s a fair few. We have a very good record against Raith Rovers in my time at the club which is something that the club didn’t have for a number of years. That makes me proud as this group of players has beaten them quite well a few times and the game in which Aaron Dunsmore scored an injury time winner springs to mind as a great day. Playing in derby matches like that is something I enjoy doing.

I’ve enjoyed scoring goals for the club and to have scored a hat-trick in my last game was an amazing moment. Winning the player of the month award for league 1 was another moment that meant a lot to me and shows just how much I’m enjoying my football.

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You started your career as an academy player at Rangers. How much did you learn from that experience?

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I learned an awful lot. I carry a lot of what I learned at Rangers into my game to this day. Back then there was a big focus on discipline and looking after yourself which served me well on and off the pitch.

It was a difficult experience for many young players as at that time the club had Ronald De Boer and players like that so breaking in was always going to be tough. Although, I have to say that being in the same building as these guys was such a great learning experience.

Following Rangers, you make the move to Hamilton Accies. How important was it for you to go out and get games in senior football under your belt?

It was an eye opening experience for me to be honest as being at Murray Park and being looked after as well as we were was all that a knew before going to Accies.

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When I arrived at Hamilton, I very quickly realised that it was all about winning three points on a Saturday that really mattered. Billy Reid was the manager and he was great with me. I played for the first team under him and with hindsight it was probably a bit early for me but despite that I really enjoyed my time at the club.

You played for Alloa in two different spells, what are your memories of playing for the wasps?

Alloa was another positive experience as it was the first time I became a regular first team players. Allan Maitland gave me a platform to play and allowed to go and express myself which is the perfect grounding for a young player.

Following Alloa, Ayr United came calling. It seemed like a frustrating time for you. How do you reflect on it now?

It was a frustrating time to be honest as coming from regular football at Alloa to signing a two year deal at Ayr was exciting. However, I was in and out of the team and didn’t get the opportunity to play too many games in a row.

The team were playing well and I couldn’t break in. We won promotion from league 1 when I was at the club and I knew that I wouldn’t play a lot in the championship as I wasn’t a part of the plans in league 1 so a loan move was the next step for me at that time.

You go on loan to Stranraer and turn that move into a permanent one. How important was it for you to regain your place in a side and play regular football?

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I arrived in the Christmas time and during my loan spell I scored a lot of goals and enjoyed it. It was the wake up call I needed at the time if I’m honest. Playing in League 2 for six months made me think to myself that I had to improve my game as I didn’t want my career to go in the wrong direction.

That move was the best thing I could have done as it gave me the hunger to revitalise my career and attract interest from other clubs.

That interest comes from Dumbarton and others. Your spell at Dumbarton was a successful one for you individually and for the team as a whole. How proud are you of that time in your career?

My first season at Dumbarton was my best season in football. I was well into double figures for both goals and assists which led to me winning the clubs player of the year award. I was absolutely loving my football and to win promotion to the championship was incredible as we weren’t expected to do that.

Ian Murray was the manager of Dumbarton during your time at the club. What was he like as a manager because that spell was a successful one for him in management?

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Ian was very, very good and brought professionalism to the club. His attitude was refreshing and everyone bought into it as he has played at a very high level himself and clearly knew what he wanted from us as players.

We had a great run under Ian in the championship and secured our survival in the division which for a club of our size at that time was a phenomenal achievement.

Craig Gordon trained with Dumbarton when you were at the club. What was he like on the training field?

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He came in for four weeks to coach and learn the ropes of coaching. He played now and again but unfortunately he was never going to sign for us.

When he trained with us, he was superb and it was amazing to train with someone of his calibre.

Your performances caught the eye of St Mirren and you make the move to Paisley. Was that move one that you realistically couldn’t turn down?

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At the time it was. It was strange in many ways as I was playing under Ian Murray at Dumbarton and wanted to sign a new contract. In between me and the club agreeing the deal, Ian moved to St Mirren and asked me to join him at the club. It was too big a club and an opportunity to turn down.

Obviously in hindsight it didn’t really work out and if it has been a smaller full time club that wanted me then in all honesty I’d have stayed at Dumbarton but I had to take the chance to join St Mirren because when you have interest for a club like St Mirren who had ambitions to play in the top flight its very hard to say no to.

You had a great start to your St Mirren career by scoring two goals on your debut against Berwick Rangers alongside the likes of Lewis Morgan and Stevie Mallan. How proud were you of your start at the flub?

In all honestly Callum, I probably got off to a start that was too good (laughs) by scoring both goals. I also scored a good goal against Dumbarton in my first few weeks at the club too but ultimately results didn’t go our way which led to the team changing a lot.

Certainly, my start was a positive one but Ian Murray then loses his job and we have a managerial change and things didn’t work out from there.

You played alongside current St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin. Was it obvious even then that he would go on to be a manager?

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I’ve got a great relationship with him and people forget just how good a footballer he was. He’s also a great person. You won’t meet a nicer man which is something people might be shocked by given his aggressive style of play.

He was always going to go on and be a manager and I’m not surprised he’s having success as a manager with St Mirren as he was a true leader in the dressing room.

After St Mirren you returned to Stranraer. What was the motivation for that move?

I had a bad injury at st Mirren and the Stranraer chairman has always been very supportive towards me and he asked me to come back to the club to find my love of the game again.

I had options in the championship but I felt that Stranraer could challenge in league one and that’s why I went there.

We had a good changing room but it didn’t click for us as a squad and Brian Reid lost his job as the manager. Stevie Farrell came in until the end of the season and we played better as group which was good.

A few quick fire questions to end Scott. Who are the best players you’ve played with in your career so far?

Ross McCormack at Rangers as he was the best player at my age group and he’s had a very good career. Chris Turner at Dumbarton was a superb midfielder and of course I have to mention Lewis Morgan and Stevie Mallan who were scarily good technically.

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On the flip side of that question, who would you say your toughest opponent has been so far?

Scott Allan was a superb player in the seasons that Hibs played in the championship. Easter road was a very tough place to go and he would go down as my toughest opponent. His movement was so impressive.

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Last but not least, which coaches have really helped you in your journey so far?

Ian Murray was great for me and Jack Ross was a superb assistant manager who I played under too.

My current manager Darren Young has to be mentioned too because the trust that he has in me as a senior player is special and he gives me the autonomy to go and play to my best.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 300 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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