Combative midfielder Rayhaan Khan has his heart set on being an all-action footballer and is looking ahead to pushing Farsley Celtic into the next round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday.

Rayhaan’s main aim is to play football, but studying as part of our Emerging Talent Squad at Farsley Sports Hub is also allowing him to study and take part in coaching, too.

He aims to get all his coaching badges so he can ‘help other players and coaches’.

Rayhaan said: “I feel like coaching develops your game more, so that’s why I’m interested in it. I know what you should say as a coach to young players, and  what not to say. If I can help young players then it’s good for them and it’s good for me.”

Ahead of him studying coaching, he’s already helped Farsley Celtic’s U16 side in a training session, teaching them the basics of passing and moving: “I really enjoyed it. When you ask them to do something and they then do it it makes you feel good that you’re helping.”

Farsley Celtic Director of Football Pav Singh is proud of Rayhaan’s development. He said: “Rayhaan is becoming a fantastic role model on and off the pitch and it is testament to his character that he now wants to help develop younger players at the club.”

In the home dugout: Rayhaan Khan (far left) with fellow ETS players Liam Wilson, Will Morrisey and Ebenezer Ameho. Photo: John Baron/Farsley Celtic

He may only be 17 years old, but he’s already got ambitions to get in and around the Farsley first team squad – and climbing the football league as a player

“I joined Farsley after coming out of Rotherham U16s,” Rayhaan explained. “I’d known Farsley’s academy and ETS coach Luke Dean since I was nine and I was pleased to come to this new set up at Farsley.”

The Farsley Celtic Emerging Talent Squad coaching team all hold UEFA A or B license qualifications, and have a vast amount of experience in the professional and semi-pro game  – as well as in professional academy environments.

Rayhaan hopes to be in FA Youth Cup action when The Celts entertain Wythenshawe at The Citadel on Wednesday 18 October, 8pm.

More information on Farsley Celtic’s Emerging Talent Squad can be found here.