Rangers boss Graeme Murty has the month of January to stamp his own mark on the squad at Ibrox, with the transfer window providing the former Reading defender with the perfect opportunity to bring in his own men.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are excited by what Murty can bring to the blue half of Glasgow, and are expecting big things from their new boss as he looks to bring a new era of success to the club. However reports emerging today from Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie on Twitter will come as something of an embarrassment, with news that Hearts had beaten Rangers to the signing of Steven Naismith from Norwich City.
Hearts have pipped Rangers & Kilmarnock to the signing of Scotland international Steven Naismith. The striker will travel to Edinburgh for a medical and to complete the paperwork tomorrow.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 17, 2018
Naismith spent five years with the Gers earlier in his career before moving to Everton in 2012, but has opted to move to Edinburgh with Hearts over a romantic return to Ibrox. The Scottish international has fallen out of favour at Carrow Road under Daniel Farke this season, but the 31-year-old now looks set for a return home in the coming days.
Landlord’s Verdict: Rangers fans across the country will be face palming whilst reading this news. Naismith looked destined to return to Ibrox, and the fact the club have been beaten out by SPL rivals Hearts will be considered a real embarrassment by many.
Rangers fans will rightly believe their side to hold a real draw to Scottish players as one of the most successful teams of all team, but could this deal mean their influence is wavering? More details will emerge in coming days, but this will be a real blow to all associated with the club if Rangers were indeed in the hunt for the player.
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