Kevin Thomson is adamant there is no rift between he and the Hibs management.
The 29-year-old, who was a regular under previous boss Pat Fenlon, has become a peripheral figure since Terry Butcher and his assistant Maurice Malpas took charge at Easter Road almost three months ago.
Reports that Thomson was free to leave the club last month led to rumours that there had been a fall-out between the player and his bosses. While admitting that he is disappointed at having made only two substitute appearances since the Englishman took over in November, Thomson insists that he has no axe to grind with the manager.
Due to return to full training this Monday after being sidelined in recent weeks with a calf niggle, he said: “There’s no issue between me and the manager. We’ve had good chats – he respects me as a person and as a professional, but it’s just a case that I’ve not been in his team pretty much from day one.
“Things are still civil between us. The hard thing for me is that when a few of us weren’t involved, people started putting my name about and asking why I’m not in the team and saying something must have happened.
“We get on great – there’s no issue. I think Terry’s been fair to me. He’s an honest man. Every player should believe that they should be in the team and I’m no different. Unfortunately chances have been limited, but I won’t be throwing my toys out the pram.”
Thomson also laughed off internet rumours of a training-ground bust-up with Maurice Malpas. He said: “I get on really well with Mo. I worked with him with the Scotland under-21s (pictured left with Scott Brown). I did hear there was something on the internet suggesting me and Mo had a bust up on the training field. It was actually Liam Craig that told me it had been on the internet. That is laughable, to be honest.
“These things go around when players are not involved. Fans want to know answers and the reasoning behind them. But there is no reasoning. The manager picks the team and I have not been in it.”