Kevin Thomson

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Kevin Thomson
Kevin Thomson.jpg
Thomson playing for Middlesbrough in 2011
Personal information
Full name Kevin Thomson[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 38
Youth career
?-2000 Hutchison Vale
2000–2001 Coventry City
2001–2003 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Hibernian 80 (2)
2007–2010 Rangers 71 (2)
2010–2013 Middlesbrough 50 (0)
2013– Hibernian 19 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Scotland U21 6 (0)
2007 Scotland B 2 (0)
2008– Scotland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2013

Kevin Thomson (born 14 October 1984) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Hibernian as a midfielder. Thomson has also previously played for Rangers and Middlesbrough and has represented Scotland. He plays as a defensive midfielder with key attributes of passing and tackling.

Thomson began his career with Hibernian before joining Rangers in 2007 for a £2m transfer fee. Thomson won five major trophies with Rangers, including back to back Scottish Premier League championships in 2009 and 2010. Thomson was also part of the Rangers side which reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. Middlesbrough signed Thomson for a fee of £2m in July 2010, but released him in January 2013 after an injury hit spell at the club. Thomson then rejoined Hibernian in March 2013.

Early life[edit]

Thomson grew up in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders. His first club was Peebles Thistle, who play in the Eastern Region Youth League. He then moved on to play for Edinburgh side Hutchison Vale before being signed by Coventry City on a four-year contract.[2] Thomson suffered from homesickness and returned to Scotland with Hibernian.[2]

Club career[edit]

Hibernian[edit]

Thomson joined Hibernian on 10 August 2001.[3] He was one of a group of young players who came through their youth team during the early 2000s, also including Steven Whittaker, Derek Riordan, Scott Brown and Garry O'Connor. Thomson established himself as a regular in the Hibernian first team during the 2003–04 season and played in that season's Scottish League Cup final defeat by Livingston, but he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury during a game against Partick Thistle near the end of that season. The injury meant that he was out of football for almost a year, and he consequently made only four league appearances in the 2004–05 season.

In the 2005–06 season Thomson made his comeback from his injury, establishing himself as one of Hibernian's most important players. He signed a long term contract (until 2010) in March 2006. Thomson was appointed as club captain by Tony Mowbray after the previous captain Gary Caldwell left the club to join Celtic. Despite signing a long term contract with Hibernian, it was still speculated that Thomson would soon leave Hibs. On 31 August 2006, Premier League club Bolton Wanderers made an offer that was rejected by Hibernian.[4]

Speculation about Thomson's future increased after he (and Scott Brown) appointed Willie McKay as his agent. McKay demanded that Hibernian offer Brown and Thomson wages commensurate with the transfer fees Hibernian were demanding for the players.[5] Hibernian would have needed to significantly break their pay scale to offer such wages.[6] Hibernian refused to meet with McKay to discuss improved contracts, which resulted in Brown submitting a written transfer request.[5]

On 20 December 2006, Charlton Athletic made a joint offer for Brown and Thomson, which was rejected by Hibernian.[7] This sparked a further round of speculation, as Brown and Thomson demanded to know why they had not been informed of the offer before it was rejected. Thomson was stripped of the captaincy on 2 January 2007 and was replaced by Rob Jones.[8] Thomson was told by manager John Collins to concentrate on his game because he believed that Thomson's performance levels had dropped since the transfer speculation began.

Rangers[edit]

Thomson signed for Walter Smith's Rangers for a fee of £2 million on 30 January 2007.[9][10] Less than two months earlier, Smith had been critical of Thomson's behaviour, calling on him to show more "responsibility",[11] although this was a month before Smith had been appointed as Rangers manager. Thomson made his Rangers debut on 11 February in a 3–1 victory over Kilmarnock, although he was substituted at half-time after suffering a hamstring injury.[12]

Thomson established himself as a regular in the Rangers first team. He scored his first goal for Rangers in a victory over Celtic on 29 March 2008[13] and he played in the club's run to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final[14] and winning the League Cup[15] and Scottish Cup[16] in his first full season.

Thomson scored his second goal of the 2008–09 season when he scored an equalising goal in injury time against Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium, on 4 November 2008.[17] In the following league match against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, a 4–0 victory for Rangers was overshadowed by Thomson suffering a serious knee injury. This injury ruled him out for the rest of the 2008–09 season.[18] Thomson had surgery to save his career on 31 December 2008.[19] The surgery was a success and Thomson hoped to be fit for the following season.[19] On his return to the Rangers first team, Thomson was sent off in the 13th minute of a 2–1 win over Hearts.[20]

Thomson was sent off in the 2010 League Cup Final in the second half for a poorly timed challenge, although Rangers won the match 1–0 despite Danny Wilson also being shown a red card.[21] Thomson helped Rangers win their second title in a row in 2010.[22]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Rangers accepted a £2m offer from Middlesbrough for Thomson in July 2010.[23] Middlesbrough then confirmed that Thomson had passed a medical, despite the player having suffered two serious knee injuries earlier in his career, and completed his transfer.[23] In his second league match for Middlesbrough, Thomson suffered a fractured fibula against Leicester City, which prevented him from playing for two months.[24] Further injury problems meant that Thomson only played in 44 games during his first two seasons with Middlesbrough.[25] His contract with Middlesbrough was cancelled on 31 January 2013 by mutual consent.[26]

Hibernian (second spell)[edit]

Thomson trained with Hibernian, one of his former clubs, in February 2013.[27] A move appeared unlikely because Hibs had no spare budget to pay Thomson with,[28] but he decided in March to forego any salary and signed with the club until the end of the 2012–13 season.[29] Thomson made his second debut appearance for Hibs in a goalless draw against Hearts on 10 March.[30] He agreed a new one-year contract with Hibs in July 2013.[31] Thomson dropped out of the Hibs team after manager Pat Fenlon was replaced with Terry Butcher, and was made available for transfer in January 2014.[32]

International career[edit]

Thomson made his debut for Scotland in a goalless draw against Northern Ireland on 20 August 2008.[33] After a three year absence, Thomson was recalled to the national squad in September 2013.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 December 2013[35]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 2003–04[note 1] 23 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 26 2
2004–05 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2005–06 31 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 37 0
2006–07 23 1 1 0 3 0 4 0 31 1
Total 80 2 5 0 7 1 6 0 98 3
Rangers 2006–07 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 12 0
2007–08 26 1 5 0 1 0 12 0 44 1
2008–09[note 2] 11 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 14 2
2009–10 25 0 4 0 4 0 6 0 39 0
Total 71 2 9 0 6 0 23 1 109 3
Middlesbrough 2010–11 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2011–12 22 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2012–13 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Total 50 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 56 0
Hibernian 2012–13 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2013–14 13 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 16 0
Total 19 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 24 0
Career Total 220 4 19 0 17 1 31 1 287 6

Honours[edit]

Rangers

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes match against Rangers on 30 November 2003 which was not recorded for Kevin Thomson due to a Soccerbase error
  2. ^ Total includes both matches versus FBK Kaunas. Thomson started both legs per the BBC match reports (1st leg); (2nd leg), but it is not recorded by Soccerbase (1st leg); (2nd leg)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2005.06. Cre8 Publishing. 2005. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-95485-561-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Thomson enjoys the comforts of home with Hibs". Edinburgh Evening News. 7 November 2003. 
  3. ^ The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. October 2004. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  4. ^ "Celtic win race for Hibs' Brown". BBC Sport. 15 May 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Hibs pair demand talks on future". BBC Sport. 1 December 2006. 
  6. ^ "Hibs pair were misled, says agent". BBC Sport. 3 December 2006. 
  7. ^ "Charlton fail to land Hibs stars". BBC Sport. 20 December 2006. 
  8. ^ "Thomson stunned to lose armband". BBC Sport. 4 January 2007. 
  9. ^ "Offer for Kevin Thomson" Hibernian FC, 30 January 2007
  10. ^ "Rangers pay Hibs £2m for Thomson" BBC Sport, 30 January 2007
  11. ^ Smith backs "Hibs in contract row" BBC Sport, 3 December 2006
  12. ^ "Kilmarnock 1–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 11 February 2007. 
  13. ^ "Rangers 1–0 Celtic" BBC Sport, 29 March 2008
  14. ^ Middlesbrough snap up Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson for £2m Mail Online, 16 July 2010
  15. ^ Dundee United 2 Rangers 2 (Rangers win 3–2 on penalties): Boyd on target to end Rangers' trophy drought The Independent, 17 March 2008
  16. ^ Queen of the South 2 – 3 Rangers Herald Scotland, 26 May 2008
  17. ^ "Rangers 3–3 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 4 November 2008. 
  18. ^ "Injured Thomson's season is over". BBC Sport. 9 November 2008. 
  19. ^ a b "Thomson targets return" Sky Sports, 2 January 2009
  20. ^ Hearts 1 – 2 Rangers BBC Sport, 23 August 2009
  21. ^ St Mirren 0 – 1 Rangers BBC Sport, 21 March 2010
  22. ^ Premier League lured Kevin Thomson to Middlesbrough BBC Sport, 17 July 2010
  23. ^ a b "Rangers' Kevin Thomson makes Middlesbrough switch". BBC Sport. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010. "Rangers manager Walter Smith admitted last week that the debt-hit club were not in a position to offer new deals to players unless they are in the final few months of their contracts" 
  24. ^ "Thomson Fractured Ribula Confirmed". Middlesbrough FC. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  25. ^ Cameron, Neil (26 August 2012). "Tony Mowbray backs injury-hit star Kevin Thomson". The Sunday Sun (ncjMedia Limited). Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  26. ^ "Kevin Thomson: Middlesbrough release Scotland midfielder". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Midfielder Kevin Thomson back training with Hibernian". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "No Hibs move for Thomson". Sporting Life. BSkyB. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Hibernian: Kevin Thomson to play without pay until May". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "Hibernian 0–0 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  31. ^ "Hibernian: Kevin Thomson & Rowan Vine agree deals". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Hibernian: Kevin Thomson free to leave Easter Road". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Scotland 0–0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 August 2008. 
  34. ^ "Scotland: Four called up ahead of World Cup double header". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  35. ^ Kevin Thomson career stats at Soccerbase

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