Thompson hoping for Gers start
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Dunfermline man has been a peripheral figure during his time at Ibrox but is hoping club boss Alex McLeish would have been impressed by his international performance in the Euro 2004 qualifying game.
"It was a massive lift for me to start a game for a change as it is really difficult to sit on the bench week in, week out," admitted Thompson.
"But I understand the situation at Ibrox. I realise I have to bide my time with Rangers and I am happy to do that."
McLeish was at the Westfalenstadion watching the game and the striker is hoping he has done enough to earn an extended run in the first team.
Thompson stated: "I must admit I'm glad the manager was over here to watch this game and I hope I'll have impressed him,
"I was pleased with my contribution but it didn't count for much as we lost."
The player is also confident Scotland can clinch a play-off berth ahead of Iceland who have to play their last match away to group leaders Germany.
"I don't think Iceland will get anything here because they are not as good as us," the striker said.
"It really would take some kind of freak result for them to get anything."
Thompson is full of praise for Scotland boss Berti Vogts and feels Scotland showed their talents in the narrow loss to the Germans on Wednesday night.
"We have made a lot of progress since Berti came into the job and this performance was a marker of that progress," claimed the Rangers forward. "To play the way we did was fantastic."