In Focus: Rangers can’t sleep on possibility of signing Naismith

As reported by the Scottish Sun, Norwich City attacker Steven Naismith is hoping to win a move to Rangers in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

A former fan favourite at Ibrox, Naismith left the club in acrimonious circumstances during their financial meltdown in 2012, making the switch to English Premier League side Everton.

Since then he’s ended up a Norwich City and this season has struggled to secure regular first-team football.

Now it seems he’s willing to make a big sacrifice to move back to Ibrox with the Scottish Sun reporting he will play for Rangers without wages in a temporary move until the end of the season.

The paper say the Scotland international isn’t short of offers but is hoping to turn out for the Light Blues once again.

Still good enough?

Naismith was always a consistent performer for Rangers during his years at Ibrox, helping the club win multiple trophies and compete in Europe.

Scoring 33 times and assisting 30 more in 132 appearances, the attacker also had a versatility to play in a variety of positions, something that would be very valuable to Graeme Murty half a decade later.

Still rated at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, a loan move for Naismith would be excellent business from Rangers’ perspective, especially if they could get away without paying any wages as reported.

At 31 he is far from finished and likely still has the quality to excel in the Scottish Premiership, providing the Light Blues with another excellent attacking option after securing Jamie Murphy.