Former Buddies striker Craig Dargo looks back at his memories of wearing the shooting boots at eight different clubs in Scotland with fondness.
Dargo, who is now head of professional academy programmes and education at Ayr United, is grateful that he had the opportunity to play football.
He made his senior debut for Raith Rovers, before playing for Kilmarnock, Inverness Caley Thistle, St Mirren, Partick Thistle, Dumbarton, Dunfermline Athletic and Berwick Rangers.
Picking a career highlight is tricky for the former centre forward.
He said: “For me that’s a difficult question because I have never really thought about my proudest moment of my career.
“I think it is probably going to be when I was offered my first professional contract (for Raith Rovers, because that was the start of the run of the ladder. To play my first year on a professional contract was really proud.”
Dargo reckons that he was naïve to think that European football was going to be something that would come around for him every year.
He netted in Kilmarnock’s draw with Viking Stavanger in a 1st leg of a UEFA Cup tie under boss Bobby Williamson and expected European football to be a regular fixture every year.
He said: “We had a really good season at Kilmarnock. Viking were a good side, so we did a lot of preparation. I managed to get a goal. I really enjoyed it. It was my first real experience of playing European football.
“It was something new and different. It was great to play in that game and score as well. I was young at the time and thought it would come every year.”
Now Dargo is coaching the future stars at Ayr United’s academy and delighted with their eagerness to learn.
He added : “I really enjoy it and it is great to see the boys develop. Hopefully I get them into the 20s and into the first team.
“The players are fantastic and have a willingness to learn. It’s about being a footballing man and having an influence on these boys careers.”
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