Kevin Thomson has followed Kris Boyd to the Riverside in a deal worth £2m.
The 25-year-old midfielder made just over 80 appearances for Rangers in his 3 years at Ibrox and became a favourite with the supporters for his battling performances in the heart of the Rangers side. Reports suggest Thomson was forced out from Ibrox and had demanded a pay-out to the leave the club which leaves a sour taste in the mouth after 3 very successful years for the former Hibernian star.
Thomson joined Rangers in 2007 for £2m from Hibernian and became one of Walter Smith’s first signings. With the league already out of Rangers’ reach, Thomson managed to hold down a regular jersey and replaced the impressive Jeremy Clement as the Number 8. In 2007/2008, Thomson’s first full season at Rangers, he was absolutely outstanding and probably reached the peak of his career so far. He scored his first Rangers goal in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox where the Gers triumphed 1-0. At the crunch end of the season, the build-up of games didn’t help as Rangers won the League Cup and Scottish Cup and lost out in the UEFA Cup Final and on the final day of the SPL season. 2008/2009 was a more successful season for Thomson and after scoring his first European goal in the defeat to Kaunas, the season improved until he sustained a serious knee injury at Rugby Park and had surgery in December. In his return, he was sent-off at Tynecastle for a lunge on Ian Black in the second game of the 2009/2010 season but ultimately became an integral part of the side which won the championship and League Cup.
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