KEVIN THOMSON isn’t sure why he decided to drive forward and get into the position to fire in the winning goal against Celtic on this day in 2008. But he is glad he did!
The combative midfielder wasn’t known for being a regular scorer, bagging three goals in 109 appearances for Rangers, but he managed to find the net in sensational style when Walter Smith’s men enjoyed a 1-0 victory over Gordon Strachan’s side 12 years ago.
In what proved to be truly remarkable campaign for the Light Blues, Thomson’s Old Firm strike was another highlight as he played a clever one-two with Jean-Claude Darcheville to get into the visitors’ 18-yard box before tucking the ball coolly under goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Now a coach at the Rangers Academy, Kevin often watches his moment of magic back and admits it fills him with pride.
“I never spent too much time in the box,” he said with a smile. “I still watch the goal to this day and I don’t know what I was doing there!
“It was just before half-time and in the TV footage you can see that Walter was standing on the stairs in the directors box as he was about to head to the changing room. When he saw me receive the ball he probably went down the stairs!
“But to be the player that scored the winner in that Old Firm game was amazing and the fact I have that on my CV is something I look back on with great pride.”