Steven Naismith hints at interest in Rangers return, shares why January deal didn't happen

Steven Naismith of Rangers celebrates at the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers were linked with a move to bring Steven Naismith back to Ibrox in January.

Steven Naismith of Rangers celebrates at the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hearts ace Steven Naismith has told BBC's Sportsound that he didn't have any real contact with Rangers about a move back to Ibrox last month.

Naismith, 31, joined Norwich from Everton back in January 2016, and whilst he hit seven goals in all competitions last season, he fell out of favour under Daniel Farke this term.

The Scot decided to leave Carrow Road in January, returning to Scotland in order to pen a loan deal with Hearts until the end of the season.

Steven Naismith of Scotland celebrates after he scores during the International Challenge Match between Scotland and Canada at Easter Road on March 22, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Naismith has failed to score in his first four games for Hearts, but he has still been a coup for Craig Levein's men, especially after links to Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers.

Naismith joined Rangers from Kilmarnock in August 2007, and became an important player at Ibrox, scoring 33 goals in 140 games for the Gers before controversially walking out of the club for Everton in 2012.

Last month, The Scottish Sun reported that Naismith was ready to return to Ibrox, and would have been prepared to play for free in order to make his return to Glasgow.

That didn't materialise though, and Naismith has now told BBC's Sportsound that there wasn't any real contact with Rangers, though there was a hint that the Gers would have been interested later into the transfer window.

Steven Naismith of Norwich City attempts a shot during the Pre Season Friendly match between Charlton Athletic and Norwich City at The Valley on July 25, 2017 in London, England.

Naismith added that Hearts set certain deadlines for him and he simply couldn't wait until the end of the transfer window to make his move, meaning Rangers ultimately missed out.

“There wasn’t contact as such in terms of we want you, this or that,” said Naismith. “But with any player, clubs will say, ‘yeah we’re interested. It’s not something we’ll maybe do straight away or this or that, we’ll need to wait and see’. And I’d probably put it in that bracket. But there was nothing that ever came of it.”

“It was more when Hearts came in, they drove forward, they were showing their hand saying to Norwich ‘this is what we want to do, this is what we can offer’, wanting to hear back with some deadlines. I had a decision to make. Do I hold out and see what offers I’ll have come the last week of the window? And at that moment I thought Hearts was definitely the best opportunity for me and since I’ve been there it’s been fantastic,” he added.

Steven Naismith of Rangers celebrates at the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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