When the forward was still a youngster in Scotland, he had the opportunity to have a trial at Arsenal - but he knew it wasn't the right fit for him from an early stage.
"I was at Kilmarnock on £500 a week and half-thinking I'd be going down there to train with the reserves.
“I remember the kit man getting me from reception and and taking me to the dressing room.
“There were these players from around the world and I'm thinking, 'Oh my God'.
“I was staying in a hotel and sat there on the first night and thought, 'They could offer me anything, here, and I wouldn't take it'. I didn't want to move away, I wasn't ready.
“It was an eye opener in terms of facilities and quality of player. In one drill, Gilberto Silva stood in the centre circle, took a touch with his right foot and pinged the ball out to the winger.
“Then [assistant manager] Pat Rice passed him another ball and he took a touch with his left and drilled it with that foot. You could not tell which was his strongest foot.