From playing against Rangers on TV to playing Ardrossan Winton Rovers, it’s fair to say Jon Scullion’s career wasn’t panning out the way he had hoped.

But he’s looking to get his career back on track in junior football.

The 22-year-old, who grew up in Linnvale, looked destined for the top as a teenager, playing for Celtic and St Mirren youth teams, and even earning himself a call-up to the Scotland under-16 training squad.

But Scullion was limited to sub appearances and playing for the under-20s side last season at Morton, and was left without a club for the first time in six years.

He tried his luck at Lowland League side East Kilbride, but wasn’t able to win a contract with the club.

He said: “It was a hard one for me. I wasn’t prepared for it really, I was just trying to keep myself ticking over and see if clubs were interested in taking me.

“I hadn’t been feeling great over the summer, I hadn’t done much training as well. I went into East Kilbride earlier in the summer.

"I knew I wasn’t fit and I had done hardly any other training since the end of the season. Some parts of me didn’t feel happy when I was down there at times. I didn’t feel myself when I was there.”

Shortly afterwards he got a call from his former youth coach Adjie McCall.

The Kilbirnie coach trained Scullion at Antonine when he was younger, and made the move from St Joesphs AFC in Clydebank in the summer to join up with former Bankies manager Budgie McGhie at Valefield Park.

He added: “Adjie has always been good to me. I’ve known him throughout the years.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for me. Adjie and Budgie have given me this opportunity at Kilbirnie and I’m relishing playing games again.”

And the former Clydebank High pupil has started his career off with a bang at the Blasties.

The striker has scored five goals in his last seven games for McGhie’s side, and while he has ambitions to return back to senior football, focusing on the here and now.

He added: “That’s what I would aim for, but I can’t think too far ahead about what I’m doing with Kilbirnie and help them do as well as they can.

“You can’t think too far ahead of yourself I don’t think ever.”

Gone are the days where he would play on the streets with the other kids after school, or practice with his dad in his spare time.

But his parents commitment to helping their son achieve his dream has always been something he’s admired about them.

He said: “I never had eyes for anything else, it was always football.

The support my mum and dad have given me has always been brilliant.

“I even remember it in the under-11s, it seems ridiculous for 11 year olds to travel up to places like Inverness to play in a 7-aside youth game.

“They always came up for the four hour journeys and supported me whenever they could.

“They always came to my games even before Pro Youth and my dad was always the one out practicing with me when I was younger. I’ve got a lot to thank them for.”