I started my career as a kid at Manchester United, but like so many others couldn’t make the breakthrough to the top team at Old Trafford.

It’s now the 27th December 2006, I am playing for Inverness Caley Thistle against Rangers at the Tulloch stadium.

Most of my family are off work at the festive period and are all making their way up to the highlands to watch me play.

I’ve managed to get five tickets scattered around the ground, including one for my fiancé to watch the match.

This is a Rangers side managed by Paul Le Guen and under a fair bit of pressure due to lack of form and stories of dressing room unrest.

We are not on the best of form either with a run of nine games without a win.

Nacho Novo had given Rangers a lead from the penalty spot, but Darren Dods had equalised for us just before half-time. The game looked to be heading for a draw when I picked the ball up some thirty yards from goal in a central position.

I hit the ball with my left foot sweetly and it swept past Alan MacGregor in the Rangers goal into the roof of the net to seal a win in the 90th minute of the game.

Needless to say, my family were all delighted with the goal.

After the match I got a call from a voice I hadn’t heard in a while. The Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson called me to congratulate me on the win and my goal. In his own words ” I take great pleasure in seeing young players break into my first team, but even more delight when one of our players has had to leave, but still manages to make it with another team. Well done son, I am very proud of you!”

That was the class and mark of the man. It was one of my best goals, made even more special by a call to remember from Sir Alex.

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