It feels a long time since Steven Naismith was skipping across the Ibrox turf in Rangers blue. Lifting three successive Scottish Premiership titles, the elusive attacking midfielder is a remnant of the club’s last period of domination before their 2012 liquidation allowed Celtic to seize control of the domestic game.
Yet, if Rangers are to harbour any pipe dreams of at least putting up some form of fight for the title next season, perhaps they should find a player capable of replacing Naismith’s intelligence, quick feet and goal threat, the Daily Record reports.
And Kilmarnock midfielder Greg Kiltie could be the ideal candidate – according to his team-mate Kris Boyd anyway.
“Greg came back at the weekend and with his energy, a fit Greg Kiltie playing every week is a million-pound-plus player,” the former Rangers goal machine, who spent four years alongside Naismith at Ibrox, told the Daily Record.
“There’s no hiding the talent he has, the drive and determination to succeed and get to the top. For me, he’s similar to Stevie Naismith in the way he plays the game, and he causes a lot of teams a lot of problems.”
Thanks to injury, Kiltie (below, left) has only made four Scottish Premiership appearences this season with his 38 minute cameo in the weekend’s draw with Inverness his first since October.
Yet, it didn’t take long for the 20-year-old to get back into the swing of the action, his intuitive play immediately offering a reminder of his potential.
And with Pedro Caixinha’s side crying out for a little subtlety and creativity in attack, particularly when Emerson Hyndman’s loan spell comes to an end, they should perhaps consider making Kiltie the long-term successor to their three-time title winning forward.