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.
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.
✍️ Steven Naismith will once again pull on the famous maroon jersey after joining Hearts on a permanent deal
— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) August 1, 2019
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.
In 33 league appearances across two loan stints with the Jambos, he’s scored 14 goals.