Former Rangers star Steven Naismith is set to be interviewed for the vacant managerial role at St Mirren following the departure of Jim Goodwin to Aberdeen according to BBC Sport.

Naismith is currently working at Hearts as their player development manager whilst also being involved in the Scotland set-up and a managerial role is surely the next step forward in his development.

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The former Scotland international isn’t the only one in the running for the job, however, as an ex-Celtic rival, Scott Brown is another who is in the frame.

The 36-year-old has been at Aberdeen since joining from Celtic in the summer and has been completing his coaching badges whilst continuing to play and with Goodwin recently arriving at the club then it could be a good time for Brown to move on.

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It remains to be seen whether Naismith could make the transition from his role at Hearts to a first senior managerial job, but the nature of modern management appears to be favouring the former players who have recently retired and are working on their coaching badges.

The role would be an excellent first senior position for the 35-year-old in order to continue his development.

Naismith signed for Rangers under Walter Smith in 2007 from Kilmarnock and he arrived with plenty of hype. His first couple of seasons didn’t exactly go to plan following a serious injury in the Scottish Cup Semi-Final against St Johnstone in 2008 but he bounced back and won six major honours with the Ibrox side.

Having left the club in 2012, he featured in the Premier League for Everton and Norwich before coming back to Scotland with Hearts, ending his playing career with the Edinburgh side in 2021.

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The next few days could prove to be very interesting as the race for the role heats up.

Meanwhile, three burning issues have emerged following Rangers 1-1 draw with Dundee Utd on Sunday.

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