JT Offered Glamorous Testimonial Against Rangers

Last updated : 28 May 2010 By Queens MAD

Thomson set for Gers testimonial

QUEENS hero Jim Thomson has been offered a glamorous testimonial against Premier League winners Rangers reports The Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The former Doonhamers captain was contacted by Gers assistant manager Ally McCoist.

And Thomson is relishing the chance to go up against their Scottish Cup final foes.

He said: "It is absolutely fantastic news.

"I was so pleased when I heard the news.

"We've obviously had a lot of outings against them recently; it'd just be nice to beat them!

"It has meant that other friendlies have had to be shifted about, but I am really grateful to Kenny Brannigan and Davie Rae for allowing it to happen."

Gers gaffer Walter Smith first made contact back in January.

But it is only now that the tie looks set to become a reality.

And Thomson reckons it will be a memorable night for him.

"It could be a pretty emotional night," Thomson said.

"I've not hung up my boots yet technically, but I expect this will be my last match with the club.

"It will give me a chance to look back on my career, and savour some of the best times.

"And it will be an opportunity to say goodbye to the players and the fans who have all been fantastic to me over the years.

"I really couldn't ask for any more for them.

"So it should be a very special occasion."

Thomson was the club's captain for eight seasons and has spent the last year working with the under 19s team.

And Queens boss Kenny Brannigan is pleased he is getting such recognition.

He said: "For any player to get a testimonial, it shows their committment to a club, so it's really smashing big Jim's getting the honour.

"He's been a fantastic servant for Queens and has always been a model professional.

"I'm very pleased for him."

The big match is scheduled to take place at Palmerston Park on Saturday, July 17.

The date has been agreed, but final confirmation is yet to take place.

It has been squeezed in around other friendlies set up by Queens.

A local match-up against Gretna at Raydale has been scheduled for Monday July 5.

Annan will take on Queens two days later although the venue is yet to be confirmed.

The Doonhamers have also lined up ties against SPL outfits Hibs and Hamilton, which will take part at Palmerston on Tuesday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 20, respectively.

And Brannigan reckons taking on a higher class of opponent in pre-season will carry them in good stead.

He said: "The idea is to take on Gretna and Annan to give the lads a reasonable introduction to pre-season.

"Then we've got matches against the SPL teams which will obviously be a tougher challenge.

"I want us to hit the ground running and be ready to fight on the opening game of the season."