Thomson: It was difficult

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Kevin Thomson is determined to shrug off criticism from John Collins following his recent move from Hibernian to Rangers.

The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Ibrox after a bitter end to his time at Easter Road.

Thomson fell out with Hibs boss Collins, who was subsequently critical of the player and suggested he would be easier to replace than his former team-mate Scott Brown.

Though the 22-year-old was unhappy with some of the comments, he insists he remained professional throughout the difficult period.

"It was quite well known that me and the manager didn't see eye to eye," said Thomson.

"Whatever he says or does, I'll just get my head down and try to do my talking on the park.

"If he wants to say nasty things in the press or whatever, it's not going to bother me.

"Myself and Scott had to be strong, be as professional as we could and work hard.

"I felt as though I was doing that and it was up to the manager to take me off at half-time, leave me out of games or do the things he did.

"As a player and a professional, I had to accept that. When I got my opportunity to get onto the park, I had to try and show him what he was leaving out.

"I'm a thinker and it was difficult. Me and Scotty are different characters and different lads, and he probably handled things a bit better than me."