Collins aims to keep stars
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Collins has issued a 'hands off' warning regarding Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown.
Hibernian coach John Collins has issued a 'hands off' warning following reported interest from Rangers in highly-rated youngsters Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown.
The Hibs midfielders have attracted wide-ranging interest after impressing at Easter Road, with Celtic, Everton and Charlton all linked with the midfield pair.
Paul Le Guen's Rangers have now been linked with an imminent approach for both Thomson (pictured) and Brown, but Collins has once again moved to underline his determination to keep hold of the talented youngsters.
"There's nothing you can do about speculation, it is part and parcel of football," Collins told Sky Sports News.
"I have good players throughout the team so it is no surprise that other managers would like my players.
"But liking them and wanting them and getting them are different things.
"They have got contracts here, they are happy here and are playing really well and I want to keep them here.
"At this stage of the season we want to keep the team together.
"We have a cup semi-final to look forward to, we want to climb up the league and I don't think it is a good time to do business, to buy and sell players, [in] January.
"The last thing I want to be doing is selling my best players - I want to keep them together. We have got a terrific spirit, a terrific group of young players.
"They are hungry and want to succeed and I don't want to break the team up."