By Russell Edge

20th Jan, 2018 | 7:51am

Murty dubs deal 'no-brainer' as he confirms talks over January swoop for former Rangers star

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed he held talks with Steven Naismith over a return to Ibrox this month but instead went for a “no-brainer” deal for Jason Cummings.
The former star at Ibrox was made available for loan by English Championship side Norwich City this month, but rather than return to the club he left in 2012 he ended up at top flight rivals Hearts, signing a temporary move which lasts until the end of the season.
Rangers also poached a second tier side from England to bolster their attack, securing a temporary deal for Cummings from Nottingham Forest, with the Light Blues having an option to purchase the 22-year-old outright come the end of the season.
Despite the animosity which was born from Naismith’s exit from Rangers back in 2012, Murty confirmed that discussions had taken place over his possible return, although stated that a bid was never made as they turned to Jamie Murphy from Premier League side Brighton.
He told the Scotsman: “I talked to Steven but we were concentrating on the guys that we have brought in.
“We were looking at lots of players, but we identified Jamie Murphy early because it was an area we needed strengthened.
“Then we looked at the centre forward options, with Kenny Miller being injured, and wanted to have
more variety and options at the top of the pitch. So that [Cummings] was really a no-brainer for me.
“The guys we have brought in were those guys we targeted as ‘must haves’.”
Naismith made 132 appearances during his time at Ibrox, scoring 33 times, before leaving as a free agent after choosing not to transfer his contract during the club’s financial crisis, instead heading south of the border and joining Premier League outfit Everton.
This season he has managed just three outings across all competitions for Norwich, having suffered with injuries during his time with the Canaries.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are hoping to tie up a deal by Monday for a star midfielder hunted by English sides.
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