Former Rangers striker Steven Naismith’s shameful exit in 2012 should stop the player ever returning to the Gers despite reports that he would play for free.
According to the Scottish Sun, Naismith has offered to play for free after falling down the pecking order at Norwich City.
The Scotland international walked away from Rangers in 2012 after the club’s financial meltdown after using TUPE legislation to reject to his contract being transferred to the club’s new parent company – at the time known as Sevco Scotland.
Naismith, and then-team-mate Steven Whittaker, held a press conference to announce “the loyalty I had was with Rangers. I’ve never met anyone from Sevco since it’s been formed.”
This allowed Naismith to join Everton for free at a time when the player was valued at several million pounds, denying the cash-strapped Gers even a percentage of that as a transfer fee.
While Celtic fans might have their own bonkers interpretation of what a football club is, nobody in the history of football has grown up dreaming of representing the company which owns a football club and Naismith’s excuse rung hollow with the vast majority of Rangers fans.
The club had supported him through several career-threatening injuries, given him an opportunity to play in the Champions League and win trophies – not to mention his more-than-healthy weekly wage – but the former Kilmarnock star offered up some half-hearted excuse about “loyalty.”
Now, almost six years and countless Saturday afternoons sat on benches across England later, Naismith wants a return to Ibrox after seemingly rediscovering his loyalty to “Sevco”.
While he would possibly be an improvement on what is currently at Ibrox, Naismith’s signing would be very divisive among Rangers fans.
There’s surely also got to be better options than the 31-year-old who hasn’t played much football recently and has clearly declined since he left Rangers in 2012
In other Rangers news, the Gers have tabled a six-figure bid for this international attacker.
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