Former Rangers striker Steven Naismith has revealed the final day title win over Kilmarnock in 2011 is his favourite from his career – calling it the “perfect match.”
The Gers raced into an early lead through two goals from Kyle Lafferty and a Naismith strike to go 3-0 up in the first seven minutes.
The Ibrox giants went on to wrap up a 5-1 win and lift their third successive title – their last before financial meltdown saw them thrown into the bottom tier of the league.
Naismith revealed that going 3-0 up so early meant he was able to soak in the experience as Walter Smith’s side gave their iconic manager the perfect send-off.
“The last day of the 2011 season with Rangers away to Kilmarnock to win the league,” Naismith said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It was the perfect match. Scoring early goals meant I was able to enjoy the full day.”
Naismith would go on to leave the Gers a little over 12 months later in a controversial move to Everton that still sees him remain an unpopular figure with a large section of the Rangers fanbase.
The striker was linked with a move back to Ibrox before agreeing a loan switch to Hearts in January although he has failed to have the impact Craig Levein’s side would have been hoping for.
Football Insider verdict:
It maybe isn’t the most obvious of choice by Naismith but can see why winning the title on his old stomping ground in Walter Smith’s final match – and doing it so convincingly – would be important to him. With it being the last title the Gers won before the mess of 2012 it will still hold a place for Gers fans until they finally go on and end their long wait to be crowned champions again. And who doesn’t like seeing their team go ahead so early and kill the game off in the opening ten minutes?
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