Ex-Rangers players returning to the club has been something supporters have blown hot and cold about.

If it’s Allan McGregor, then many are happy to praise him and welcome him back given his performances. Don’t get me wrong – that’s by far the right thing to do. McGregor has been in sensational form for Rangers, and is already into double figures for clean sheets.

Yet when somebody mentions the names Steven Naismith or Kyle Lafferty, many seem to ooze dislike. Lafferty may already be signed up, but he isn’t performing to the standard McGregor has, and that’s not helping matters.

Naismith, however, has a very shaky relationship with the Rangers fans. This all stems from how he left the club back in 2012. When Rangers went into liquidation, Naismith decided not to transfer his contract to the newco, and instead left to pursue a career down south.

Steven Naismith left Rangers to go down south (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Let’s not forget, the same was also carried out by McGregor and Steve Davis. The fact is, however, to many supporters they’re terrific players, and therefore if they perform then they’ll be welcomed back as McGregor has.

Regardless of how fans feel about players that departed back then, it was their own choice. They had a decision to make that they felt was best for their families, and times have moved on. It’s now six years later and the club are in a much healthier position yet still need some quality to challenge Celtic.

Unlikely return for Naismith due to injury

Naismith’s injury has possibly put an end to speculation regarding him. He needs to prove that he still has it when he returns once more, with a potential bid in the summer not out of the question.

 

As for Davis, however, he would have to be welcomed back with open arms. Last night’s performance against Aberdeen in the 1-0 home defeat was a massive blow to the club. Much was made of the lack of invention in the middle of the park – this is where Davis would’ve been key in driving the side forward.

Allan McGregor is receiving plaudits on a weekly basis for his performances (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Regardless of what you think of both Davis and Naismith – they have a winning mentality. They’re cut from the same cloth as McGregor and Lafferty in that respect.

Whether Rangers should go for them because of that alone is questionable. Naismith’s injury should put an end to speculation regarding him, but fans can’t hold 2012 against these players.

As it stands, it’s one rule for McGregor and one for the likes of Naismith. That’s because one is saving Rangers consistently whilst the other isn’t. It’s time to put the past in the past and be more open-minded towards ex-players.

If Gerrard goes for either Davis or Naismith in the future, fans simply have to suck it up and get onside.