Hibs warned over duo
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
The agent of Hibernian stars Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson has warned the club to pay them what they are worth.
Brown and Thomson are keen to renegotiate new improved deals at Easter Road as they are unhappy with their current terms.
The news has alerted a number of clubs with Old Firm duo Rangers and Celtic and several Premiership clubs thought to be keeping tabs on the midfield duo.
Hibs boss John Collins is keen to keep hold of the pair and dismissed reports that Rangers were weighing up a £3 million double swoop for Brown and Thomson.
The two players' agent Willie McKay believes Hibs must match their valuation of the duo in wages and he is keen to hold talks with Easter Road chief executive Rod Petrie.
"It was with some interest I noted John's comments. I'm certainly not about to argue with someone so knowledgeable when it comes down to the value of a football player," McKay told the Daily Record.
"After all, there are surely not many people more qualified to assess such matters than someone with John's talent, wisdom and vast experience.
"But it does make you stop and think. If Kevin and Scott are worth £2 million or even £3 million each, as John himself says, then why are Hibs paying them buttons?
"That's the question I've been asking myself ever since I became their representative and why I've repeatedly been asking Rod Petrie to sit down with me and discuss the matter.
"The players are in no rush to leave Hibs - they are more than happy to stay - but let's get real here, it's time the club rewarded them properly.
"They cannot say on one hand they are multi-million pound players so as to frighten off other clubs and then on the other pay them the wages of players worth £250,000.
"I hope now that John has made it clear how highly the club values Kevin and Scott, Rod will now agree the time has come for us to talk."