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Former Rangers striker Steven Naismith has defended his decision to walk away from Ibrox in 2012 – and claims he made a “good” decision for his career by ripping up his Gers contract.

Naismith was one of a host of stars who refused to transfer their contract to Charles Green’s newco in 2012 by using TUPE legislation to tear up their deals with the Ibrox giants.

The 31-year-old spent four years at Everton before moving to Norwich City but relegation from the Premier League saw Naismith fall out of favour at Carrow Road and the striker joined Hearts on loan in January.

Naismith is adamant that leaving Rangers was the hardest decision he has had to make in his career but remains steadfast in his belief that he made the right choice.

“It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my career. But when you look at what I have managed to achieve since personally, it has been a good one,” Naismith said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

The decision to walk away from Ibrox left Naismith and co incredibly unpopular with the Gers fans and his claim he made the right decision won’t do much to change that.

Football Insider verdict:

The decision was a good one for Steven Naismith, Steven Naismith’s agent and Steven Naismith’s bank balance and th 31-year-old is perfectly aware of that. Others like Mo Edu hung around, transferred their contract and still got their move to the Premier League. That Naismith continues to portray himself as hard done by is laughable. Naismith was well looked after by Rangers and could easily have transferred his contract, earned a move elsewhere and gained he Gers a few quid in a transfer fee.

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