Scottish Premier League

Thomson returns to Hibs

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Sat, 09 Mar 2013 21:26:00

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft had no complaints after suffering a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Carlos Tevez was the star of the show for City with a hat-trick and Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored.

Flitcroft's Championship relegation scrappers were outplayed from the first whistle to last and in the end were lucky to get away with not conceding more.

"If they are the second best team in the country, I wouldn't like to have played Manchester United," Flitcroft said.

"They were ruthless. They battered us to a pulp at half-time and then come out in the second half and tried to drill us into the floor.

"That left a massive impression on me. It is what champions are about.

"They wanted to floor us today. They wanted to get seven, eight, nine, 10 goals. At times it was a real slow death.

"The only thing is we won't come up against a force that is Manchester City again. You don't face that kind of power in the Championship."

Flitcroft singled out Tevez for particular praise, saying: "It is his power. It is his explosion and movement. It is incredible.

"He is a ghost. We talked about getting close to him in the box but the players said he just pulls off defenders.

"Every shot is on target. He is brilliant."

On Saturday Hibs confirmed the signing of the midfielder, who left Middlesbrough by mutual consent in January following an injury-hit spell on Teesside.

The 28-year-old, who left Easter Road for Rangers in a ?2million deal in January 2007, has been training with his boyhood club for several weeks and has made himself available to play despite the club being unable to afford any wages.

Thomson, who joins ahead of Sunday's Edinburgh derby with Hearts at Easter Road, told the club's official website: "I'm pleased to be back at Hibs - I want to help the team to achieve as much success as possible between now and the end of May.

"I always gave my all for the shirt and I'm looking to produce committed performances that will help the team challenge for a top-six place and for the Scottish Cup.

"With finances so tight at the moment, I've decided to put the club first and play for free. I'm looking forward to being back playing for Hibs again."

Manager Pat Fenlon added: "Kevin is a fantastic player, who will add extra quality to the squad and we're pleased to be able to sign him.

"The fact that he has agreed to play for nothing speaks volumes about his attitude and the squad will benefit from his experience and leadership qualities."

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