Can Hearts' Steven Naismith leave Rangers red-faced after reported January snub?

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Naismith was reportedly desperate to return to Rangers in January but he joined Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts instead.

Steven Naismith of Rangers looks dejected as he reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Rangers and Manchester United on on November 24, 2010 in Glasgow,...

Steven Naismith was so desperate to get a second chance at Rangers that he was even willing to play for the Glasgow giants for free. That is according to the Scottish Sun anyway, who believed that the former Ibrox favourite was keen to return to the club he left back in 2012.

Naismith was soon to be let go by Norwich City and, by the time the January transfer window shut, he had indeed returned to Scotland. But not with Rangers.

 

The 32-year-old signed for top flight rivals Hearts instead and, although Rangers look a far better side now under Steven Gerrard, Naismith has certainly shown his former employers what they are missing.

He’s in the form of his life right now, having scored nine times in just 12 games for Craig Levein’s side. As a result, Hearts are flying high at the top of the Premiership table, six points ahead of Celtic and eight above Rangers.

Steven Naismith of Scotland reacts to a missed chance during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

And Naismith has the perfect opportunity to show why Rangers were wrong to overlook him nine months ago. Hearts travel to Ibrox on Sunday hoping to maintain their rather unexpected lead at the top of the table.

And Naismith’s intelligence, vision and ability to find pockets of space could certainly cause problems to a Rangers side which looked a little passive in their defeat at Livingston last weekend.

17th March 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Heart of Midlothian versus Partick Thistle;  Steven Naismith of Hearts celebrates his sides second...

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