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Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson (born 14 October 1984 in Edinburgh) is a Scotland association footballer who plays for Middlesbrough F.C. and the Scotland national football team. Thomson began Kevin Thomson career with Hibernian F.C. before joining Rangers F.C. in 2007 for a Pound sterling2m transfer fee. Kevin Thomson plays as a defensive midfielder with key attributes of passing and tackling. Thomson won five major trophies with Rangers, including back to back Scottish Premier League championships in 2009 and 2010. Thomson was also part of the Rangers side which reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. Thomson joined up with ex-Rangers teammate Kris Boyd at Middlesbrough F.C. for a fee of £2m on 16 July 2010.

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Kevin Thomson biography


Kevin Thomson (born 14 October 1984 in Edinburgh) is a Scotland association footballer who plays for Middlesbrough F.C. and the Scotland national football team. Thomson began Kevin Thomson career with Hibernian F.C. before joining Rangers F.C. in 2007 for a Pound sterling2m transfer fee. Kevin Thomson plays as a defensive midfielder with key attributes of passing and tackling. Thomson won five major trophies with Rangers, including back to back Scottish Premier League championships in 2009 and 2010. Thomson was also part of the Rangers side which reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. Thomson joined up with ex-Rangers teammate Kris Boyd at Middlesbrough F.C. for a fee of £2m on 16 July 2010.

Early life

Thomson grew up in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders. Kevin Thomson first club was Peebles Thistle, who play in the Eastern Region Youth League. Kevin Thomson then moved on to play for Edinburgh side Hutchison Vale before being signed by on a four year contract. Thomson suffered from homesickness and returned to Scotland with . Kevin Thomson was one of a group of young players who came through their youth team during the early 2000s, also including Steven Whittaker, Derek Riordan, Scott Brown (Scottish footballer) and Garry O'Connor. Thomson established himself as a regular in the Hibernian first team during the 2003-04 in Scottish football and played in that season's Scottish League Cup 2003-04 final defeat by , but Kevin Thomson suffered a serious Anterior cruciate ligament injury during a game against near the end of that season. The injury meant that Kevin Thomson was out of football for almost a year, and Kevin Thomson consequently made only four league appearances in the 2004-05 in Scottish football.

In the 2005-06 in Scottish football Thomson made Kevin Thomson comeback from Kevin Thomson injury, establishing himself as one of Hibernian's most important players. Kevin Thomson signed a long term contract (until 2010) in March 2006. Thomson was appointed as club Captain (association football) by Tony Mowbray after the previous captain Gary Caldwell left the club to join . Despite signing a long term contract with Hibernian, it was still speculated that Thomson would soon leave Hibs. On 31 August 2006, FA Premier League club made an offer that was rejected by Hibernian.

Speculation about Thomson's future increased after Kevin Thomson (and Scott Brown (Scottish footballer)) appointed Willie McKay as Kevin Thomson agent. McKay demanded that Hibernian offer Brown and Thomson wages commensurate with the transfer fees Hibernian were demanding for the players. Hibernian refused to meet with McKay to discuss improved contracts, which resulted in Brown submitting a written transfer request.

On 20 December 2006, Charlton Athletic F.C. made a joint offer for Brown and Thomson, which was rejected by Hibernian. This sparked a further round of speculation, as Brown and Thomson demanded to know why they had not been informed of the offer before it was rejected. Thomson was stripped of the captaincy on 2 January 2007 and was replaced by Rob Jones (footballer born 1979). Thomson was told by manager John Collins (footballer born 1968) to concentrate on Kevin Thomson game because Kevin Thomson believed that Thomson's performance levels had dropped since the transfer speculation began.

Rangers

Thomson signed for Walter Smith's for a fee of Pound sterling2 million on 30 January 2007. Less than two months earlier, Smith had been critical of Thomson's behaviour, calling on Kevin Thomson to show more "responsibility", although this was a month before Smith had been appointed as Rangers manager. Thomson made Kevin Thomson Rangers debut on 11 February in a 3–1 victory over , although Kevin Thomson was substituted at half-time after suffering a hamstring injury.

Thomson established himself as a regular in the Rangers first team. Kevin Thomson scored Kevin Thomson first goal for Rangers in a victory over on 29 March 2008 and Kevin Thomson played in the club's run to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and winning the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final and 2008 Scottish Cup Final in Kevin Thomson first full season.

Thomson scored Kevin Thomson second goal of the 2008–09 season when Kevin Thomson scored an equalising goal in injury time against at Ibrox Stadium, on 4 November 2008. In the following league match against at Rugby Park, a 4–0 victory for Rangers was overshadowed by Thomson suffering a serious knee injury. This injury ruled Kevin Thomson out for the rest of the 2008–09 season. Thomson had surgery to save Kevin Thomson career on 31 December 2008. The surgery was a success and Thomson hoped to be fit for the following season.

Thomson was sent off in the 2010 Scottish League Cup Final in the second half for a poorly timed challenge, although Rangers won the match 1–0 despite Danny Wilson (Scottish footballer) also being shown a red card. Thomson helped Rangers win their second title in a row in 2009–10 Scottish Premier League.

Middlesbrough

Rangers F.C. accepted a £2m offer from Middlesbrough F.C. for Thomson in July 2010. Middlesbrough then confirmed that Thomson had passed a medical, despite the player having suffered two serious knee injuries earlier in Kevin Thomson career, and completed Kevin Thomson transfer. Once Kevin Thomson got fit again, Kevin Thomson started a lot under Tony Mowbray.

International career

Thomson made Kevin Thomson debut for Scotland national football team in a goalless draw against Northern Ireland national football team on 20 August 2008.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Thomson

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