It was little more than 15 months ago that Jordyn Sheerin celebrated alongside current Rangers captain Lee Wallace as Edinburgh amateur outfit Heriot Vale stormed their way to a quadruple-winning season.
A striker scoring goals for fun around the Capital’s public parks every other Saturday afternoon, Sheerin simply tore defences apart much to the delight of Ally Wilson and his coaching staff that included none other than former Hearts defender Wallace.
Of course, Wallace’s presence on the touchlines revolved around the Ibrox club’s then League One fixtures but he was always there to lend a hand wherever he could – even putting the players through their midweek training sessions.
Times have changed for the duo, though, since those days, Wallace now leading a regalvanised Rangers team under the stewardship of new boss Mark Warburton while Sheerin, after a hugely-successful year last term with Junior side Musselburgh Athletic, is plying his trade with Mark Burchill’s Livingston.
So tomorrow’s clash at Ibrox in the Ladbrokes Championship is poised to pitch the two friends against one another as Rangers go in pursuit of their sixth consecutive league victory whilst the Lions seek their first win of the campaign.
Sheerin told the Evening News: “It wasn’t long ago that I was playing with Heriot Vale with my pals but that has helped me to get back to where I am now. I had to change my whole lifestyle and it is now geared entirely towards football both on and off the park.
“I’ve been with him [Wallace] this week, he’s one of my good mates, We had a coffee and a wee chat on Wednesday about everything so we’re both looking forward to facing one another tomorrow.
“Lee’s a total professional and he thoroughly deserves to be captain of Rangers. He’s had a great career so far and long may that continue.”
Sheerin has done his chances of starting in Govan no harm after grabbing his first goal for his new employers in last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at home to Morton, a result that has dropped Livi to bottom of the Championship.
However, despite acknowledging tomorrow’s opponents are a completely different proposition to what they were last season, Sheerin is confident the Lions can cause some unrest in the Rangers ranks.
“It’s a great place to go and play so I’m relishing that chance if selected,” Sheerin, 26, explained. “But either way I’m looking forward to it whether it be from the start or on the bench and seeing the team doing their best. Rangers are flying at the moment but someone over the course of the season will take points off them and why not Livingston?
“They’re a team of big names so it will be good to get out there and see where we stand.”
Recalling his goal from last weekend, Sheerin said: “It was a big thing for me to get off the mark for the club so now that I’ve done it I know I can score at this level. But it didn’t really count for anything by the end of the match so that was disappointing. But I’m loving being at the club so far. It’s obviously brilliant to have been given the chance to come up and play full-time football in the Championship so to wake up every morning and go to work as they say, I think I’m getting used to it.
“I feel the fittest I’ve ever been. In relation to match-fitness, I’ve still got some work to do as I’ve not played that many games but that will come through time. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Sheerin has been restricted to just one start this term, last month’s second-round Petrofac Training Cup victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston. However, he accepts manager Burchill will afford the striker his chance from the start when the time is right.
“Every players wants to play every game, that’s natural,” he said. “But I’m sure I’ll start playing when the gaffer thinks the time is right. He was the one that brought me in and had the faith to give me a two-year deal. The gaffer knows what strikers are about being one himself so that is hugely beneficial to me.”