BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Edinburgh amateurs Tranent Juniors are on the cusp of an astonishing transfer coup after confirming talks are ongoing with former Rangers and Scotland star Kevin Thomson.
The 31-year-old is a free agent after departing Hibernian and is weighing up the opportunity to join the ambitious Forester Park outfit.
The deal would include a coaching role with the club – based in the second tier of the East Juniors – which is a major attraction to Thomson as he eyes a career in the dugout when he hangs up his boots.
Thomson, who also counts Middlesbrough and Dundee among his previous clubs, is firm friends with Tranent boss Gary Small and discussions were ongoing last night.
Tranent club secretary Robert McNeil was cautiously optimistic an agreement could be struck and described the prospective capture as ‘one of the biggest ever signings in Junior football’.
McNeil told Capital City Press: “Kevin has expressed an interest in coming here and, once that was clear, we were keen to see if we could make that happen.
“Our manager, Gary [Small] and Kevin have known each other for a while and Kevin is no stranger to the club. He knows what he would be coming in to and working with, so hopefully we can make it an attractive proposition.
“As yet, nothing has been confirmed – I’ll only know when they hand me the paperwork to sign! However, it would be absolutely massive for the club.
“It would be one of the biggest signings I can ever remember in Junior football and we would estimate it could put about 100 extra spectators on our gate.
“It also says a lot for Kevin and his work ethic and desire to consider this opportunity, so hopefully we can get it over the line.”