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Steven Naismith suggests why Rangers transfer return never happened


Steven Naismith suggests why Rangers transfer return never happened

The Scotland international and former Rangers star was wanted by Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

Former Rangers forward Steven Naismith has once again been speaking about a previous near return to Ibrox. 

The Scotland international previously played five seasons at Ibrox before Rangers went bust in 2012, after which he moved to England. 

But in 2018, with Rangers on the hunt for new players and Naismith available, a return to Ibrox was again being teased. 

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It was during Graeme Murty’s tenure at Rangers that he was first linked with an Ibrox return. However, the former Rangers star ended up at Hearts instead, where he remains today. 


Speaking to the Lockdown Tactics podcast this week, the former Ibrox star explained why a deal never made it off the drawing board. 

“There were a few [clubs] down south [interested] and the Rangers one was one which was there but it wasn’t a priority for them.

“And as it got later and later in the window I was adamant I had to leave to just get playing again. It was one of those I couldn’t sit around and wait to the last minute with the chance nothing could happen.”

Rangers have continued to be linked with Naismith in the years since. Steven Gerrard has even heaped praise on his former Merseyside adversary. Speaking to the Daily Record in January, Gerrard admitted he was once on his mind regarding an Ibrox return, dubbing the 51-cap international ‘relentless’. 

However, it appears nobody has even made a concerted effort to bring the experiences attacker back to Rangers and a return to Glasgow now, considering his advancing years, looks increasingly unlikely.

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