Rangers supporters have been somewhat subdued in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side’s fine four-match winning run in the Scottish Premiership come to a disappointing end at the hands of St Johnstone on Saturday.
Graeme Murty’s men twice got the better of Aberdeen alongside victories over Ross County and Hibernian to move back to second in the division behind leaders Celtic, yet they were unable to keep their impressive run going against Tommy Wright’s Saints last weekend. The Gers did take an early lead through Alfredo Morales, but that was as good as it got for the hosts as goals from Blair Alston, Denny Johnstone, and Graham Cummins sealed a deserved win for St Johnstone at Ibrox, a result which moved them up to sixth place in the Scottish Premiership table, while Rangers slipped to third.
Thus, there have been many despondent Gers fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which details some interesting comments from Norwich City striker Steven Naismith about a possible return to Ibrox in January.
The 31-year-old spent five years with Rangers between 2007 and 2012 and helped the club win three Scottish Premier League titles as well as three domestic trophies during that time, netting 33 goals in just 140 games for the club in the process.
However, the Scotland international has since played his trade south of the border at Everton and now Norwich, and the forward has certainly stimulated intrigue by admitting that he could well return to the Gers in the near future.
He said: ‘Fortunately, when I come back to Scotland it’s not going to be about finances. It’ll be about what I think is the right fit for me. That’ll be the main thing.
‘A return to Rangers would appeal. I’ve spoken in the past about Kilmarnock and Rangers and being appreciative for what they did for me as a player.
‘I would look at those clubs and see if they were options to start with.’
And these comments are likely to interest our resident Rangers fans, many of whom may see Naismith as someone who can seriously bolster their ranks heading into the second half of the campaign.
Landlord’s verdict: Steven Naismith won three Scottish Premier League titles during a five-year stint at Rangers earlier in his career, and the striker is refusing to rule out a return to Ibrox in the near future.
The 31-year-old has managed just three senior appearances for current employers Norwich City this term, and although injury played a part in his struggles earlier in the campaign, he remains out of favour even after returning to full fitness.
And Naismith has spoken about when not if he will return to his homeland, and given that a move back to Rangers ‘would appeal’ to the forward, it’s a move the Gers could well seek to make in the forthcoming January window.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!