The grandson and namesake of former Scotland manager Craig Brown has set his sights on a future in professional football after graduating from the University of Stirling.

The 22-year-old from Troon, graduated with a BA (Hons) Sport Business Management and has already received a job offer on an Edinburgh-based graduate scheme.

As he comes from a footballing family, Craig admits he takes inspiration from his grandfather’s success, but he insists he wants to make his own name within the game – and is eagerly anticipating joining up with Montrose.

He said: “People often assume that it was my grandpa that got me into football – but it actually came from me, and also my mum – I always wanted to be with a ball, to be honest.

“I am inspired and proud of what my grandpa has achieved in the game – but I want to make my own way in football. I would like to think that, if I keep focused and work hard, I could maybe equal or even surpass his achievements in the sport. That’s my goal – I don’t know if it’ll happen, but it is what I’m aiming for.”

Before this summer’s European Championships, Craig Brown Snr was the last man to guide Scotland to a major international tournament.

Speaking about his grandson, he said: “I don’t think I could overestimate the influence the University of Stirling has had on my grandson. He has had a wonderful experience there in all respects, educationally, of course, and in the sporting context, they’ve looked after him wonderfully well.”

Craig Brown Jnr said the feeling of handing in his dissertation could only be bettered by his 88th-minute winner against Nottingham Trent University which won the BUCS Premier North for the University side.

He is also delighted to have had the opportunity to play and score in both the Lowland League and Scottish Cup.

He said: “I’ve grown up watching the Scottish Cup on television – so to be able to say I’ve played and scored in the competition for the University is something I am very proud of.

“The experience of playing at that level has been invaluable in terms of shaping me as a player.”

“I am also really grateful to my family for their support – primarily my mum and dad but also my grandpa and uncle too. They are all very important in terms of keeping me grounded and giving me encouragement when I need it. My dad, grandpa and uncle are footballing guys and give me good advice because they’ve had experience in football – it’s good to hear the stories they have.

“I am excited about what’s to come and looking forward to the next challenge.”