Smith calms Thomson fears
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Walter Smith has revealed that Kevin Thomson had earache against Falkirk.Rangers manager Walter Smith has revealed that Kevin Thomson was suffering from earache during Alex Totten's testimonial game at Falkirk.
Thomson spent almost 12 months on the sidelines earlier in his career after injuring a cruciate ligament, and there were fears of another serious problem when he collapsed to the ground against Falkirk.
After a few minutes the midfielder was stretchered from the pitch, but Smith has assured fans he is not injured.
"Kevin has an ear infection," he explained: "He felt it a little bit painful before the game but he didn't think it was anything that would bother him.
"He began to feel unwell after 10 minutes but tried to play on, then he had to go down.
"He was sick after the game but hopefully a couple of days with antibiotics and he will be back."
The game finished in a 1-1 draw and, although Smith was not totally happy with the performance, he was pleased with the workout.
"There were some good passages of play and some poor parts as well, but overall we were pleased with the run-out.
"We gave 21 players a game but we are now effectively finished with our pre-season.
"We have two games where we have to settle down and try to get as close to the team as we can in preparation for the UEFA Champions League qualifying games."