Steven Naismith admitted he chose a move to Heart of Midlothian over a sensational return to his former club Rangers, according to The Scotsman.
What’s the story?
Naismith, who left Rangers in the summer of 2012, has admitted that he had an offer to return to Ibrox. However, he felt Hearts’ need for a forward was a good enough reason to take a “gamble” and join the Edinburgh club. Naismith penned a deal to sign for the Jambos on a four-year deal from Norwich, following his loan spell the previous campaign.
The move to Hearts was the correct one for Naismith
Naismith left Rangers on bad terms, with his infamous press conference, following the club’s demotion to the fourth tier in 2012. However, choosing the Hearts move over Rangers has been the correct one for Naismith.
He’s one of the senior players at Tynecastle and he’s a regular starter for Craig Levein’s side when he’s fit. Unfortunately, though, his time at Tynecastle has been disrupted by injuries and he’s never been able to rediscover the form that got him a move to Everton when he left Rangers in 2012.
A move to Rangers may have been an unwelcome one, with the fans still holding a grudge against the player. Last season, however, he was able to show the hearts fans that he still had it as he grabbed 14 goals and four assists in 27 appearances. And that was enough for Hearts to offer him a long-term contract even at the age of 32.
All in all, the move has been a pleasant experience for Naismith and Hearts. They seem like a good match and he got that fresh start that he wouldn’t have if he had re-joined his former club.
And that perhaps may have been a factor in his performances and the numbers he’s produced in the maroon jersey.