Thomson hunger satisfied at Hibs

  • Last Updated: May 27 2013, 16:43 BST

Kevin Thomson thoroughly enjoyed his second spell at Hibernian despite their Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic at Hampden on Saturday.

Kevin Thomson: Enjoyed his second spell at Hibernian
Kevin Thomson: Enjoyed his second spell at Hibernian

With Pat Fenlon's playing budget at full capacity, Thomson has been playing for nothing since re-signing for his boyhood heroes in March after ending an injury-hit spell at Middlesbrough during the winter transfer window.

The 28-year-old was looking to end Hibernian's 111-year wait for Scottish Cup success but ended up with only a runners-up medal for his troubles.

But the joy of playing regularly again in these last two months was enough reward for Thomson after a frustrating spell on Teesside, where a broken leg in only his second game set the tone for his spell at Boro.

"I love playing football," Thomson said. "I could have sat in the house and done nothing but I showed a bit of commitment and put the boots back on and got out there in training.

"I love training every day and playing on a Saturday. The fairytale never quite got there in the end but I gave my all and if people appreciate that, then great.

"I've really enjoyed it. The boys appreciate me and the manager appreciates me and he gave me a platform to play some football again.

"I hope, when people see me play, they see the quality that I've got.

"I'm playing for myself as much as playing for the team and the manager. I'm here for nothing. I took that upon myself and if I get any plaudits for that, then great, and if I don't, then I've done what I wanted to achieve and got some games under my belt.

"I'll look forward to the summer and see what options I've got.

"I'm going to spend some time with the family and I'm actually doing my coaching badges this summer. So I'm looking forward to that and I'll see what happens."

When asked if he could stay at Easter Road, Thomson said: "I don't know. You would need to ask the manager and the chairman. I'm just going to recharge the batteries and look forward to going wherever it may be in pre-season."

While Hibs were ultimately well beaten by an impressive Celtic side, there was still a marked contrast in feeling among their support to 12 months earlier when they lost 5-1 to Hearts.

The vast majority of the Leith team's fans stayed to the final whistle and vociferously displayed their support at the end.

"The manager said at full-time that he didn't think the commitment and desire was questionable," Thomson said.

"I thought the boys, compared to last year, it was night and day.

"We still got beat 3-0 so everyone is bitterly disappointed, but there were still 20,000 Hibs fans there at the end. That shows you something - they certainly weren't there last year.

"I think they realise the commitment of the boys.

"Celtic are a better team, they finished 13 points ahead in the SPL and they have got strikers on a lot of money who are top, top players.

"There's never a good feeling after getting beat in a cup final. Unfortunately on the day we just never quite had that killer instinct in the final third."

Whether Thomson remains at Easter Road or not, he is encouraged that the future looks bright for his team following a turbulent few years.

"The manager is a good manager," the former Rangers midfielder said. "He has made changes from the previous season.

"It was unfortunate to just miss out on the top six. If we had finished in the top six and got to the cup final it would have been a good season.

"I think the club is progressing. I think there was a downward spiral and whatever manager came in was getting the brunt of it.

"I think this manager is the man to turn that around."

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