Steven Naismith’s Rangers past is certainly a roller coaster of emotions, but he would generally be welcomed back by supporters in the end.
Naismith put in a relatively quiet performance at Ibrox last weekend. The only real chance he had he was foiled by his old team-mate McGregor when through on goal. It was a big chance for Hearts at the time, as the two former Gers teammates came head-to-head.
Yet, as Naismith bore down on goal, he was looking at a man who reflects exactly the kind of comeback he would love to make. There’s no denying Naismith would walk to Glasgow to have another stab at things at Ibrox.
But the way he left the club still leaves a sour taste in many supporters’ mouths. Naismith and Steven Whittaker aren’t in the fans’ good books after leaving Rangers during the club’s darkest days. Those who do still have issues with Naismith, however, are forgetting that two of their current players also left that same summer.
McGregor and Lafferty lodged applications to reject a move to Rangers’ newco back in 2012. At the time, both were hounded by the supporters for doing so. Now? They’re adored by the Gers faithful once more, showing that positive performances can do a lot of good.
Fans have also been crying out for the return of Steven Davis in the past. He was another who refused to move to the newco six years ago.
Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion
Supporters can have their own opinions on certain players, but there’s no denying Naismith could easily play his way back into fans’ hearts. A couple of Old Firm goals against Celtic and some European strikes and nobody would bother at all.
The main question, however, is regarding his quality. Is Naismith truly good enough for a return to Ibrox? That’s the question that’s likely to split fans even more.
In all honesty, if Umar Sadiq is third choice, then he’s more than capable of returning. He would be a big step up from the anonymous Nigerian, and would provide good competition.
The Scottish international has already gotten on the score sheet with his country this season, and is Hearts’ top scorer. Now, he’s showing the same level of form that was enough to bring Lafferty back to Ibrox in the summer.
Gerrard wouldn’t be dong anything negative by expressing an interest in January in the former Gers man. A club as talented and big as Rangers could always do with a third striker. At the moment, it’s fair to say they don’t really have that.
Naismith would be the perfect choice, and if McGregor and Lafferty are anything to go by, he would be welcomed back with open arms.