Former Rangers forward bizarrely lands four-year contract with Premiership rivals
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Former Rangers forward Naismith lands bizarre bumper Hearts contract

Former Rangers forward Steven Naismith has joined Hearts on a permanent deal.
On Wednesday, we covered a Scottish Sun report suggesting that his move would be sealed before the end of the week.

After two loan stints, Naismith is now officially a Hearts player. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, few could have predicted the terms of his bumper new deal.
The policies of some clubs dictate that once players past 30, they will only be offered relatively short-term contracts. For example, under Arsene Wenger’s regime at Premier League giants Arsenal, players who crossed that threshold would only ever be granted one-year extensions.
Yet, despite the fact that Naismith is turning 33 next month, Hearts have bizarrely handed the Scotland international a FOUR-year contract.

It really is a remarkable business move from the Edinburgh club. They’ve given a player who is surely now past his best, total security.
In so doing, they’ve seemingly ignored that he’s struggled with injury in recent times, only managing 19 league appearances last season [Soccerbase].
The forward is an unpopular figure amongst Rangers supporters. That’s due to the manner of his departure from the club during the financial problems of 2012. However, it appears he’ll still be returning to Ibrox as a visiting player for some time to come.
Naismith helped the Gers to three consecutive league titles, one Scottish Cup and two League Cups across five years with the club.

Naismith celebrates a Kenny Miller Old Firm goal at Ibrox in 2009. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, since leaving, he’s failed to win any further silverware.
In 33 league appearances across two loan stints with the Jambos, he’s scored 14 goals.

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