Gers conclude Thomson deal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers have completed the signing of midfielder Kevin Thomson from Hibernian.
Rangers have completed the signing of midfielder Kevin Thomson from SPL rivals Hibernian.
The Ibrox outfit have beaten arch enemies Celtic to punch by concluding a deal for the 22-year-old, with The Bhoys having failed with a bid to land both Thomson and Hibs team-mate Scott Brown.
The deal is understood to be worth £2 million and the youngster has inked a four-and-a-half year contract that runs until 2011.
Thomson becomes new Gers boss Walter Smith's fourth signing of the window following the captures of Andy Webster, David Weir and Ugo Ehiogu, and the midfielder cannot wait to get started at Ibrox.
"There's been a lot of speculation surrounding my future in recent weeks but I'm just delighted to be here," he told Rangers' official website.
"I decided to come for a medical and Rangers were keen to push things on and there was only one place I wanted to be after that.
"It's a massive club. As a boy you always dream of playing for a big club like Rangers as it is the pinnacle of Scottish football.
"The manager and the chairman want to bring success back to this club and I want to help the club achieve that.
"These are exciting times for me and for Rangers and hopefully we can bring the good times back soon."
A delighted Smith added: "Kevin is a player we've been interested in for several weeks and so we're delighted that a deal has now been done.
"He's a player we believe has a bright future and it's terrific that he's chosen to come to Rangers.
His best years are certainly still ahead of him at 22. He's a young Scottish talent but one who already has good experience for his age. I think he's ready to make an impact here at Rangers."