In Focus: Timing is perfect for Steven Naismith to replace Kenny Miller

As reported by The Daily Mail, former Rangers star Steven Naismith has admitted he would be interested in returning to Ibrox before his playing days are done.

What’s the story?

Naismith left the club in 2012 in the midst of their financial meltdown, a move that didn’t exactly go down well with supporters at the time. However, it appears he’d be interested in attempting to make amends for that with a high profile switch back to Ibrox from Norwich City.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, the Scotland international said:

I still support Rangers and I want them to do well. Fortunately, when I come back to Scotland it’s not going to be about finances. It’ll be about what I think is the right fit for me. That’ll be the main thing. First of all, you need people at the clubs to want you and you need to see what options are available. A return to Rangers would appeal. I’ve spoken in the past about Kilmarnock and Rangers and being appreciative for what they did for me as a player. I would look at those clubs and see if they were options to start with.

Naismith, rated at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, has been out of action for most of this season due to an ankle injury, but is slowly returning to full fitness at Norwich City.

Given his apparent desire to return to Glasgow, should Rangers make a move to sign him in the January transfer window?

Still got it?

After leaving Rangers, Naismith proved to be a useful player at English Premier League level with Everton, playing a significant role at Goodison Park without ever becoming indispensable. Eventually he made the switch to Championship side Norwich City, where he got plenty of game time last season.

He undoubtedly still has what it takes to be a force in the Scottish Premiership and with injury hampering Kenny Miller’s season, there’s never been a better time for the club to add some veteran experience to their attack.

Naismith may not have the goal poaching instincts of Miller, but could provide leadership and ability to the final third at Ibrox, supporting the likes of Alfredo Morelos with hard work and creativity.

If he’s open to the move, it’s something Rangers should pursue.