By Craig Turnbull
Albion Rovers boss Darren Young believes leading the club to the League One play-offs and beyond can be a platform to bigger things in his own managerial career.
The former Aberdeen midfielder has continued the wee Rovers’ insurgence up the ladder of Scottish football after clinching the League Two title last season to now finding themselves on the brink of the play-offs in League One.
It’s the type of managerial performance which can catch the eye of the bigger clubs, with Paul Hartley, who Young played under at Alloa, leading the Wasps to successive promotions before earning a switch to Dundee.
And Young admits he too has got ambitions of returning to the big time.
“I’ve had two great years at Albion Rovers just now,” he told PLZ Soccer.
“My ambition is to get back into coaching full-time football just the same as some of the players are looking to get back to playing full-time.
“You’ve seen Josh Mullin going back to full-time with Livingston this season so our aim is to get the boys back there.
“But if the opportunity of managing full-time came along then hopefully I could grab it with both hands.”
Albion Rovers need to beat Stenhousemuir (seventh) and hope other results go their way on Saturday to be in with a chance of making the play-offs.
Airdrieonians are away to second-placed Ayr, while current fourth-placed Stranraer entertain Cowdenbeath.
“I don’t know about being favourites on Saturday as everyone can beat everyone in the league that’s been proved all season,” Young said.
“But we’ll go in with confidence as we knocked the ball about well and scored goals so deep down personally I think if we win, then, I think we’ll do it.”