Former Rangers star Barry Ferguson has said that Rangers will be regretting letting Steven Naismith slip through their fingers when they look back on the January transfer window in a couple of months.
The Scotland international striker was reportedly open to making a return to Ibrox this month after being allowed to depart Championship side Norwich City on loan, but despite their history and admiration for one another, a move never transpired.
Instead he ended up moving to Ranger’s Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts, signing a deal which will keep him with the Jambos until the end of the season, as they look to push on from their current league position of fifth.
However, while he congratulated Hearts on their capture in what he feels to be the best bit of business which will be done all month north of the border, he cannot fathom why Rangers did not do everything to secure the signing of their former star, in what he dubs a major mistake.
He wrote in his column for the Daily Record: “I just can’t work out why they didn’t move heaven and earth to make sure they brought him back home to Ibrox.
“If we’re talking strictly football terms it was an absolute no-brainer.
“I’m not the manager and Graeme Murty must be allowed to make his own decisions but I just find it hard to believe that he wouldn’t have bitten the board’s hand off if they had offered him the chance to work with a player of Naisy’s ability and experience.
“They have made a mistake here and Hearts have won a watch because of it.”
The 31-year-old striker made 132 appearances for the Light Blues during his time at the club, scoring 33 goals before departing as a free agent in 2012 during the club’s financial crisis.
This season he has managed to make just three appearances for Norwich, while he also has seven goals in 45 appearances for the Scottish national team.

In other Rangers news, the club are expected to make an imminent bid for a top flight playmaker dazzling the league.

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