BBC pundit: Rangers TV employee Kevin Thomson wouldn't be welcome at Hibernian amid speculation
Hibernian legend Ian Murray admits it would be an issue if Rangers TV employee Kevin Thomson was to take charge at Easter Road.
Thomson, 37, is currently the manager of Scottish League Two club Kelty Hearts but mixes that with his punditry work for Rangers.
The former Scotland midfielder has been linked [Football Scotland] with the managerial vacancy at Hibs after Shaun Maloney was sacked on Tuesday.
Thomson had three spells as a player for Hibs but BBC Scotland pundit Murray believes Hibs fans would have a problem with hiring him to replace Maloney as manager.
“Yeah, I think it would be,” Murray told Football Scotland when asked if Thomson’s Ibrox ties would be an issue at Hibs.
“I’m not saying it should be but football is very fickle and it would be an issue for some fans.
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“That’s what I mean by saying it’s so important that it’s the right appointment to get the fans back.
“Kevin’s done a fantastic job at Kelty Hearts this season. It would be a huge gamble for Hibs but every managerial appointment is.
“We can’t make any bones about it because the Hibs and Rangers affiliation doesn’t go down well.
“When you go from Hibs to Rangers, you know that it’s not going to go down well, let’s not kid ourselves on.
“I don’t know too much as I’m busy with my own job but I certainly get the feeling that Hibs fans wouldn’t be too welcome.
“But you can be sure that if he was winning games of football then that would disappear.”
How ridiculous is this?
While Murray might not speak for every single Hibs fan, he’s certainly a man who’d know the general reaction at Easter Road if Thomson was to be hired.
And due to the simple fact he works for Rangers TV, it seems that there’d be a Hibee meltdown if the former Gers midfielder was hired.
Thomson has spent more time in his career at Easter Road than anywhere else, amassing around seven seasons of football there as a player.
Since hanging up his boots, Thomson’s been a coach at Rangers’ academy before taking up the job at Kelty Hearts, who have won the League Two title already this season.
Imagine turning down the opportunity to have one of your former players as a manager who’s won a title this season just because he does co-commentary on the odd Rangers game.
This is pathetic beyond belief and just about sums up how the rest of Scottish football works in their attitude towards the Light Blues.
Thomson is doing well at Kelty Hearts and he’s a good pundit too.
Maybe a move to Hibs wouldn’t be a good idea due to the way they churn through their managers.
In other Rangers news, Tom Miller has reacted to an allegation made about his commentary on Celtic B versus Rangers B.