Caley Thistle coach Ryan Esson offers perception into winger Kieron Willox after teen snapped up by Rangers
That’s the view of Inverness youth coach Ryan Esson, who’s gutted to lose the 16-year-old starlet to the Glasgow giants, however defined what the Mild Blues are getting.
After spending six seasons on the Caledonian Stadium, Willox strikes from the Championship facet with out but having reached the senior workforce.
Teenage winger Kieron Willox will maintain his toes on the bottom after touchdown an attention-grabbing transfer from Caley Thistle to Rangers.
He’s certainly one of a clutch of children snapped up by Rangers and joins the Premiership big-hitters’ full-time programme within the skilled improvement part becoming a member of up with the under-18s workforce.
Willox was within the ICT squad Esson coached which reached final season’s Scottish Youth Cup semi-finals, the place they had been pipped by Hearts, who subsequently misplaced to Rangers within the ultimate.
Former Caley Jags and Aberdeen goalkeeper Esson noticed Willox tear opponents aside within the 16s and isn’t shocked to see the skillful teenager rating such a prime transfer.
He mentioned: “Kieron is a proficient boy. His particular person expertise are glorious. He’s two-footed, can rating objectives and he’s fast and first rate within the air.
“All these components are precisely why Rangers have signed him.
“Kieron has grown and developed, however, in fact, given his age, nonetheless has a bit to be taught by way of the tactical and positional facet of the sport – however when he will get the ball he’s actually good. He’s nonetheless a younger boy and he’ll enhance additional.
“I had him for a very good spell, though in all probability not so long as another coaches on the membership. I watched him usually play for the 16s and I recall a 2-1 win in opposition to Aberdeen the place Kieron scored each objectives and was unbelievable.
“He tortured the left-back then right-back earlier than taking part in by way of the center. Their again 4 by no means obtained a minute.
“If he was nonetheless with me this season, I used to be going to play him on the left. My system was in all probability going to revolve round him and Calum Mackay – placing them the place I felt they had been simplest.”
Esson, a Scottish Cup-winning participant with ICT in 2015, is assured Willox will take recommendation from these at Rangers and people closest to him to close out potential unfavorable by-products from his massive transfer.
He mentioned: “Typically, as a younger boy, a transfer like that may result in you getting carried away with your self.
“It’s all about studying. He’s going to make errors and he’s obtained to be allowed to make errors at his age. Individuals can’t be too onerous on him when he does make errors.