MORTON’S Derek Gaston is enjoying a move into goalkeeping coaching after securing one of his badges and a job with a Premiership club.

The Ton shotstopper passed his UEFA B licence course last month, and is looking at getting his goalkeeping licence next.

The 31-year-old has also secured a role with Kilmarnock’s academy, where he coaches the club’s younger goalkeepers.

While the Morton shotstopper hopes to continue his playing career for the foreseeable future, he’s enjoying the opportunity to work with Killie’s goalkeeping prospects.

He told the Tele: “I had been doing my B licence for a few months. 

“I started it back in September time, we did the practical back then but we’ve had a lot of assignments to do online and get them sorted and got the results back last week.

“It’s a bit like a degree. It doesn’t guarantee you a job at the end of it, but if you’re wanting to progress into coaching then it’s something you’ve got to go and do.

“Coaching is something I’m looking into for the future. In the last month I’ve just started working with Kilmarnock. 

“I’ve got a job down there coaching the goalkeepers in the academy.

“It’s good for the CV and gets me in the door that I’m involved in a professional football club.”

Gaston is Morton’s current longest serving player in one spell, having been with the club since 2012.

While he admits being on the bench recently hasn’t been ideal, with Robby McCrorie starting as the Ton’s number one, he believes a lot can still change between now and the end of the season.

The goalkeeper’s contract is up at the end of the campaign and Gaston says whether he’s playing regularly may affect his future.

He added: “When you’re out of the team then it’s maybe something you worry about and you don’t know what the situation will be like in the summer.

“Whether there will be a contract offer on the table or not, there are plenty of players — not just at Morton — who are in the same position. You’re not sure what the manager’s plans are or what the board’s plans are in terms of what the budgets are going to be. 

“But it’s usually towards the end of the season before they start discussing who he’s going to keep or let go.

“It depends on where we finish in the table as well. Lots of teams don’t really want to sign players until they know what division they’re going to be in next season.

“Especially with how tight our league is I don’t think there will be many teams that will commit to signing players before they know where they are next season.

“There might be one or two teams in that middle area that start looking to do their business, but until then I think most teams in our league have aspirations of chasing play-offs or trying to avoid relegation.”