Rangers legend Barry Ferguson gives his verdict on Hibernian duo Anthony Stokes and Kevin Thomson

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson speaks highly of Celtic-owned Anthony Stokes and ex-Gers teammate Kevin Thomson.

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has written in The Daily Record that Anthony Stokes and Kevin Thomson are good signings for Hibernian.

Hibernian signed striker Stokes on loan from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic earlier this month, while midfielder Thomson moved to Hibs for the third time in his career on a free transfer as a player-coach until the end of the season.

Ferguson, who played for Rangers in the 1990s and noughties and is considered a club legend, believes that the two signings will help Hibs challenge the Gers for the Scottish Championship title this season.

“I still believe Rangers have the best team in the league and should be able to win the division but Warburton will be looking over his shoulder towards Easter Road and he’ll know he’s got a serious fight on his hands for the title,” the former Scotland international midfielder has written in The Daily Record.

“I’ve always rated Anthony Stokes as a player and I expect him to score a lot of goals for them between now and the end of the season. Also, my old Rangers team mate, Kevin Thomson is a genuine class act – I always felt he could have played at a higher level had it not been for the injuries he’s suffered.

“Both Stokes and Thommo have right good pedigrees and they know how to handle a bit of pressure. So Hibs are in better shape now than they were at the start of the month.”

Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Championship table at the moment with 53 points from 21 matches. The Gers are five points clear of Hibernian, who are currently second and are their main rivals for the league title.

Mark Warburton’s Rangers are favourites to get automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership at the end of the season, but Hibs will give them a run for their money.

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