Greg Stewart looks every inch like Rangers' new Steven Naismith

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.

Greg Stewart has really impressed since joining Glasgow Rangers from Championship outfit Birmingham City.

Greg Stewart of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers’ new signing is not quite a centre-forward, not quite a number ten and not quite a winger. He is something in between, a cerebral, subtle player who floats around the pitch with ease, linking play at will and ghosting into positions completely unseen.

Remind you of anyone?

Yes, the comparisons between Greg Stewart and Steven Naismith are unavoidable. And if the former can match the latter’s achievements at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen might just have pulled off the best bargain signing in Scottish football this summer.

 

Between 2007 and 2012, Naismith stabled himself as one of the best players in the Premiership.

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He wasn’t the most prolific of forwards and his strengths might not have been appreciated by the masses but three Scottish Premiership titles, plus three cups, speaks volumes about his success in the famous blue shirt.

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.

Lets be honest, Stewart is probably not going to dominate the landscape as Naismith did but, alongside fellow new recruits Joe Aribo, Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones, the skilful Scot is the closest thing Rangers have had to Naismith since he joined Everton seven years ago.

He’s been superb in pre-season so far, his footballing brain ticking a few seconds quicker than anyone else on the pitch. Stewart even added a brilliant goal to his impudent assist in the 5-0 thrashing of Oxford United at the weekend.

Stewart might not be appreciated by everyone but Gerrard already appears to have an understanding of what makes this clever little football so special.

Greg Stewart of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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