David Weir reckons Rangers secured the better player from Hibs when they signed Kevin Thomson but were pipped at the post by Celtic to Scott Brown .
Rangers were widely expected to land Brown after securing best mate Thomson in a £2m deal but Gordon Strachan 's side blew them out of the water with a £4.4m bid that remains a record to this day.
While Thomson reached the UEFA Cup Final and won five trophies in his three years at Ibrox, Brown has gone on to become arguably the best Hoops captain since Billy McNeil.
While Brown has been able to play at a high level into his mid-thirties, Thomson was forced to retire at 31 after a succession of serious injuries that severely diminished his physical capability.
Weir was a huge fan of his midfield teammate and he feels that while Rangers got the better player of the two, there was another who was far better than both.
He told The Athletic : “Kevin never got to do that enough as he was injured a lot.
“He was the better player of the two though. Scott has reinvented himself but when I was there he never hurt us.
"He wasn’t someone we were worried about as we had better players. Barry (Ferguson) was the best midfielder I played with in Scotland by a distance.”
Weir was also effusive in his praise for another former Ibrox talent.
Barrie McKay infuriated fans with his mercurial style during the Mark Warburton era but Weir reckons he had the talent to go to the very top.
He said: “Barrie McKay has got Premier League quality with the ball. He regularly did things in training that would blow your mind.
"I’d have meetings with Niko and he is saying he’s (McKay) as good as he has seen, but some of the other things in his game weren’t as good.
"But that goes back to the point that we weren’t buying the finished article. He might never be the finished article but you were trying to utilise the qualities he’s got."