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Could Rangers re-sign Steven Naismith?

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Could Everton's Steven Naismith hold out for a move to Rangers in the summer?

Everton left Steven Naismith out of their team once again for their Capital One Cup semi-final, illustrating that the attacker remains very much in the background at the club.

After playing a valuable role for Roberto Martinez's side previously, the Scot has been on the periphery this season.

He has made just three Premier League starts, and six appearances as a substitute, scoring three times, and did not feature in their last league game against Tottenham on January 3.

The 29-year-old signed for the Toffees in 2012, leaving Rangers - so is there a possibility he could re-join his former club?

The answer in this transfer window would surely be no, but in the summer there is a chance.

What does Naismith want?

Rangers' chances of re-signing the international ace depend on their ability to clinch promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

They are currently in good shape to do that, sitting at the top of the Championship table, and are strengthening the side.

Mark Warburton is busy adding a nucleus of young talent to the team, but in the top flight, experienced pro's like Naismith could be essential.

The key aspects centre around what Naismith wants to move back to Scotland, and whether Rangers will be able to afford him, but upon a return to the top flight, receiving increased television revenue and gate receipts, will add to the coffers.

The BBC reported over a week ago that Norwich City held an interest in Naismith, with Everton valuing him at £8 million.

If he were to move on this January, then Rangers can kiss their chances goodbye, but should he move on loan somewhere, then they will retain a chance.

His transfer value could diminish if his loan does not pan out well, or he stays at Everton and sits on the sidelines. If he wants to move back to Rangers, this is the long game he should play.

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