SCOTLAND and Celtic captain Scott Brown has criticised Hibs for their treatment of his former team-mate at Easter Road, Kevin Thomson.
Brown, pictured, who came through the Hibs youth ranks with Thomson, says Terry Butcher would have ensured Premiership survival by using the midfielder more.
Thomson made just eight first-team appearances under Butcher’s management and was one of 14 players released by the Easter Road club in the wake of their weekend relegation from the Premiership.
Brown, in London preparing to lead Scotland into their end-of-season challenge match against Nigeria at Craven Cottage tonight, believes Hibs will come to regret Thomson’s departure. “Not playing Kevin is the biggest mistake Hibs made,” claimed Brown. “They would 100 per cent not have been relegated if he had played more games. I still can’t believe they have now let him go. But Hibs have made their bed and Kevin will get a new club and show what a bad decision this has been.
“Everyone knows how good a player he is. He went back to Hibs and played for nothing at first then got his deal. They were seventh in the table when he was playing week in, week out. It just shows what one or two players can do, especially ones with his experience.
“I couldn’t see Hibs’ relegation coming, I don’t think anyone could. It’s really hard for them. It’s also going to be difficult for them to get back up. The Championship is going to be a tough league next season, with three teams going for two places.”