Loan ace glad to be in shop window

Jason Thomson and  Michael Tidser - Raith Rovers against Greenock Morton at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
Jason Thomson and Michael Tidser - Raith Rovers against Greenock Morton at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

JASON Thomson is hoping that he can help Raith Rovers stay in division one – to help himself stay in football.

The on-loan full back has already been told that his contract at Hearts will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has spent a decade at Tynecastle where he has gone from youth academy graduate, to first team regular, to now being surplus to requirements.

However, the former under 19 internationalist hopes his loan stint at Stark’s Park can help him attract some summer offers.

“My contract is up at Hearts and I was told in December that I’m not getting a new one,” he told SportsPress.

Fresh start

“I’d been out on loan at Dunfermline so it didn’t come as a surprise.

“It’s fair enough, these things happen in football, and it’s probably time for a fresh start.

“I was sitting at Hearts doing nothing so I was delighted when I got the chance to come to Raith.

“If I hadn’t, I’d be sitting watching the scores on a Saturday afternoon, and that would make it harder for me to find a new team.

“It can only benefit me coming out on loan and putting myself in the shop window, and hopefully I can help Raith stay up.”

Thomson’s move to Kirkcaldy has seen him re-united with his former coach at Hearts, John McGlynn, who he regards as having had a big influence on his development at Tynecastle.

He added: “John was my under 19 coach for three years at Hearts, so I know him well and he knows my strengths and weaknesses.

“He says to me he’s mellowed a bit but I’m still waiting to see that!”

Tenacious and quick, Thomson has impressed at right back since making his Raith debut in the recent 5-0 win over Morton, and he capped another excellent display at Dens Park on Saturday with an assist on Rovers’ equalising goal, scored by Damian Casalinuovo.

Involved

“It was good to be involved in the goal,” he said. “The gaffer’s always at me to get forward and get crosses into the box and Damian got on the end of one.

“If you look at the game as a whole I think we deserved to win. Both teams had chances but I think we dominated a lot of the game.

“At this time in the season any point gained is good, and coming to Dundee and taking away a point is not a bad thing.

“They are second in the league and a good team, but we’re disappointed we never got the win.”

Rovers travel to Dingwall to face champions-elect Ross County this Saturday, who are unbeaten in 27 league games, but Thomson insists the Fifers will not be daunted.

“I played up there with Livingston on loan a few years ago, and it was always a tough place to go,” he said.

“Even the bigger SPL teams struggle up there.

“They are flying at the moment, and are the team to beat, but they’re a team we need to try and take something from if we are to stay in the league.

“There’s a belief at the club that we can win games against anyone, whether we’re home or away.

Attacking

“We’re a good attacking team, and we always try to score goals. I don’t think we’ll go up there and sit in for a draw.

“That’s not how the gaffer or the boys here play.

“It will be tougher up there than it was at Dens, but the boys are saying we’ve got a good record up there, so hopefully we can continue that.

“There’s been a great fighting spirit since I came here, and that can carry us to a result.”