Rangers fans who didn’t want Steven Naismith to return to Ibrox “have a lot to answer for” according to Davie Provan as the pundit took a bizarre dig at Gers fans in his Scottish Sun column.

Naismith has found a bit of form for Hearts as the Jambos try to fight their way off the bottom of the league and Provan thinks the injury-prone former Ger should be back at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 01: Steven Naismith of Heart of Midlothian is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Fans still hold a grudge over the manner of his exit in 2012, although that likely has nothing to do with why he isn’t a Rangers player, and Provan thinks his recent performances have given fans “a reminder of what Rangers are missing.”

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“Hearts’ performances against Rangers and Hibs suggest they’ve been cheating all season,” Provan said in the Scottish Sun.

“I’d be suspicious of players who scrape a draw with ten-man Hamilton then find another gear for the big occasions.

“Steven Naismith’s display in the Cup tie was a reminder of what Rangers are missing.



“Punters who didn’t want Naisy back because he walked out on Charles Green have much to answer for.”

There’s no doubt Naismith has found some form recently but it’s also worth remembering his time at Hearts has been blighted with injuries.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Steven Naismith of Rangers celebrates at the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Hearts sitting bottom of the table with Naismith as captain, Rangers maybe aren’t missing the veteran as much as Provan would like to think.

Rangers fans have every right to be annoyed at the way he left the club in 2012 and he’s never done much to make amends since.


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