Livi deny reports of swoop for ex-Jambo Thomson

Livingston assistant manager David Hopkin
Livingston assistant manager David Hopkin
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Livingston assistant manager David Hopkin has labelled reports linking the club with a move for former Hearts defender Craig Thomson as “pure speculation”.

A report earlier this week suggested the West Lothian club were considering offering Thomson, who is contracted to Junior Super League outfit Newtongrange Star, a return to professional football.

The 24-year-old left Tynecastle in 2011 after being found guilty of indecent behaviour towards two teenage girls and has been with Star since July last year.

However, Hopkin was quick to quash any rumours linking the club with a move for the full-back.

“I don’t know anything about that so I’m just hearing what’s been going about,” the former Scotland internationalist said. “I think it’s something that has come out of nowhere. We’re just concentrating on what we have just now and we’re happy with the squad we’ve got.”

Livi take a break from Championship duty tomorrow when they travel north to face League One outfit Peterhead in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

And Hopkin is only too aware of the threat the Balmoor side pose after putting seven past Cowdenbeath last weekend.

“Any team that scores seven goals in any game must be playing well with confidence,” he said. “We know it’s going to be a very tough match and I think you’ll see two teams trying to get through.

“It’s a very difficult place to go and get a result. But it’s a cup game, it’s a one-off so as long as we prepare with the right attitude then hopefully that will be enough to get us through.”

The Lions are also in buoyant mood after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

“I think the boys are like that all the time to be honest,” Hopkin said. “We’ve got a great bunch in the squad and they try their best. We’ve had two really hard games recently so I think the boys have taken on board what we’re trying to instil in them. We set out to win every game.”