Former Scotland boss Craig Levein is hoping Steven Naismith, his on-loan Norwich City forward, will stay at Hearts next year – but he could be a potential signing for Glasgow Rangers.
Naismith is 32 now and has mentioned the possibility of moving his family over to America for the next few seasons, for a better standard of living.
The Hearts manager has agreed that Naismith has discussed the possibility of playing in the Major League Soccer, and believes there has been interest shown for his services.
However, as he is one of Hearts’ best players, Naismith does wonder what he should do when his Norwich contract ends in June 2019.
I know what he should do. He should sign a two-year-contract with Rangers and play as the new No. 10, just behind the Light Blues strikers.
This way, Naismith would not have to give up the chance of representing Scotland in a major tournament, if he signs and does well at Rangers.
Alex McLeish is confident that Scotland will qualify for Euro 2020, and it is well known that his boss likes Naismith in his team.
Naismith is still a goalscorer and has scored 14 goals for the Jambos this term, which helped to earn him a recall for Scotland after an 18-month absence.
McLeish was delighted with his play, especially when Naismith scored against both Albania and Portugal to fully merit his place in the team.
Levein is adamant that staying at Hearts will give Naismith the ideal platform to be a major part of McLeish’s plans, and I say that moving to Rangers would be the best for him.
Rangers will be hoping to win the title next season and Naismith could help them to fulfill their promise.
Naismith spent five years at Rangers and won three league titles, two Scottish League Cups and one Scottish Cup during that period.
He looks back on the day that Rangers won the 2010-11 title at Rugby Park, the home of his former club, Kilmarnock, as a highlight of his career.
Naismith scored the second goal as Rangers raced into a three-goal lead after seven minutes in the final game of the season, to make winning easier.
They had to win the game to secure winning the league, in Walter Smith’s final game as a Rangers manager.
In my opinion Naismith is ultra competitive and is still a Rangers fan, so bring him back to Ibrox for some unfinished business and silverware.
He’ll enjoy his football more with Rangers, where everybody beside him will be trying 100%, to win every match and also more competitively.
Gerrard must recognize that Naisy has a fiery but controlled character with the right grit and attitude to be a huge success in Scottish football. A great player to have in your team.
He spent a spell latterly at Norwich after picking up an injury, when he was out of the picture for a period, before being snapped up by Hearts in a very smart loan deal.
I am confident that one call from Gerrard would convince Naismith where he should be playing his football next season – at Ibrox of course.
Seemingly he’s is not prone to making knee-jerk decisions and he will think long and hard about what his next move is, before finally deciding.
He could finish his career at Rangers and during that time he can take all his required coaching badges, and become an Ibrox coach eventually.