30-year-old Championship ace responds when asked about Rangers return
By Will Butcher
Steven Naismith has revealed he has not considered a return to Rangers despite Pedro Caixinha’s transfer overhaul.
Portuguese boss Caixinha has already signed two new players in veteran defender Bruno Alves and ex-Aberdeen skipper Ryan Jack, with plenty more said to be on the way.
Sky Bet have priced a potential return to Ibrox for 30-year-old Norwich ace Naismith as short as evens, five years after leaving the 54-time Scottish champions in 2012.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the former Everton star revealed that he would like to return to Scotland in the future but has not weighed up a move to Rangers.
“I’ve not even thought of Rangers. I’ll think about Rangers if it was ever an option but I’m not thinking about that at the moment,” Naismith said.
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“I’ll come back to Scotland one day. Whether it’s to play golf or play for the local amateur team, I’ll come back.”
Making his debut for the Gers almost 10 years ago in September 2007, Naismith went on to make 132 appearances for the Light Blues and found the back of the net 33 times.
However, he left in 2012 following the club’s financial collapse which forced the Scottish giants to resume their football in the fourth tier.
Now, the 45-time Scotland international could return to the Gers this summer despite having two years still to run on his current contract at Carrow Road.
He could become Caixinha’s sixth recruit, with the Express claiming the ex-Santos Laguna manager will confirm signings of Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Eduardo Herrera on Monday.
Football Insider verdict:
There is no doubt that Naismith would be a fantastic signing should he return to Ibrox. The experienced attacking midfielder, who can play in a variety of positions in the final third, has proven his quality in the Premier League with Everton and Norwich, and would significantly improve Caixinha’s side – giving them balance and precision against their Scottish Premiership opponents. However, it remains to be seen if Caixinha would be able to tempt Naismith into what is likely to be a hefty pay cut if he was to return.
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