'I’m surprised' - Barry Bannan shocked by Rangers and Celtic as forward seals Jan switch
Scotland international Barry Bannan has expressed his shock that neither Celtic or Rangers made a move to sign Steven Naismith from Norwich in the current January transfer window.
The former Gers striker was linked with his former side in the press but seal his switch to Hearts on loan until the end of the season earlier this week.
And Bannan, who has player with Naismith on international duty for Scotland, is shocked that neither side of the Old Firm were seemingly interested in the player.
“When it was mentioned that Naisy would be going to Scotland, the obvious suggestion would be Rangers or even Celtic,” the Sheffield Wednesday man said, as quoted by the Sunday Mail.
“I’m surprised he has gone to Hearts but that shows great ambition and it also looks great for Scottish football. Naisy is a brilliant professional, a role model.”
Naismith played for the Light Blues for five years before leaving in 2012 amidst controversial comments surrounding his departure from the club following the liquidation of the Gers.
During his time in Glasgow Naismith won a host of trophies, including three league titles under the management of Walter Smith.
After leaving the Light Blues, Naismith moved to Everton, where he spent four years before signing for Championship side Norwich.
Naismith is set to make his debut for Hearts in their Scottish Cup tie against their Edinburgh rivals Hibs, with his return to Ibrox set for the 24th of February, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception the player gets from Gers supporters.
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