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Steven Naismith
Personal information
Full name Steven John Naismith
Date of birth 14 September 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 23)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 14
Youth career
2002–2003 Kilmarnock
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Kilmarnock 102 (29)
2007– Rangers 045 0(6)
National team
2006–2008 Scotland U21 015 0(5)
2006–2009 Scotland B 003 0(1)
2007– Scotland 002 0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2010

Steven John Naismith (born 14 September 1986 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a professional Scottish association footballer who is currently playing for Scottish Premier League club Rangers.

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Club career

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Kilmarnock

A resident of Stewarton, Naismith attended Lainshaw Primary School and Stewarton Academy, whilst his footballing education took place with local junior team Stewarton Annick. He then played several years in the Kilmarnock youth team before signing for the Kilmarnock senior team.

Naismith signed professionally for Kilmarnock on 31 August 2002.[1] He made his senior debut in the 2003–04 season as a substitute against Hibernian in April 2004. This was in a season where he helped Kilmarnock under-19's win the Scottish Youth Cup against Rangers 1-0 at Rugby Park. He scored his first senior goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with Hearts in February 2005.[2]

In the 2005-06 season he won the Scottish Football Writers' Young Player Of The Year Award, after some impressive performances and scoring 13 goals. He played as no 7 for Kilmarnock in the striker position, but can also play on the left of midfield.

Naismith's performances led to a two-day trial with Arsenal in August 2006.[3] In the same month, Kilmarnock rejected a seven-figure bid for the player from Southampton.[4] Naismith scored his first professional hat-trick, in a 3–0 Scottish League Cup semi-final victory over Falkirk.[5][6] Naismith received the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award for his efforts in the 2006–07 season.

Rangers made a bid of around £400,000 for the striker in June 2007, with Kilmarnock officials incensed by what they considered to be a derisory offer.[7] It was then widely reported that Naismith had handed in an official transfer request. His agent criticised Kilmarnock for not allowing Naismith to join his "boyhood heroes", Rangers, and he claimed that the Ibrox club would be the only transfer he would consider. BBC Sport then reported that Kilmarnock were close to accepting a bid of around £2m from Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic.[8] Shortly afterwards, Naismith withdrew his transfer request.[9]

Rangers

Sky Sports broke the news late on the August 2007 transfer deadline day that Kilmarnock had accepted Rangers' most recent offer for Naismith, a fee in the region of £1.9m.[10] He signed just 19 seconds before the end of the window.[10] The next day he started as a substitute against Gretna and made an appearance with seven minutes left.[11] He scored his first goal for Rangers in a 3–0 win over Aberdeen on 23 September 2007.[12]

Naismith was injured during Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone. Following surgery in May 2008, Naismith was ruled out for up to a year.[13] He returned to action in December 2008, playing in a reserves match against St. Mirren. He made his return to the first team in January 2009, coincidentally against St. Johnstone in the Scottish Cup. Naismith has started the 2009-10 campaign very well. He scored the fourth in a 4-1 win over Falkirk on the first day of the season and then he won a controversial but decisive penalty against Hearts at Tynecastle. The penalty proved to be the winning goal.

International career

Naismith scored on his debut for Scotland U21s, in a 4–0 victory against Iceland U21s in March 2006.[14] In the same month he scored on his debut for the Scotland B team, against Turkey B in a 3–2 defeat[15].

Naismith was called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in June 2007,[16] and made his debut as a late substitute in the 2–0 win over the Faroe Islands. Naismith captained the Scotland U21 team later that year, and scored a winning goal against the Czech Republic U21s. During the last World Cup campaign, Naismith made his international debut with Scotland A team against Holland.

Career statistics

As of 20 January 2010.
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kilmarnock 2003-04 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004-05 24 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 27 2
2005-06 36 13 1 0 2 0 0 0 39 13
2006-07 37 15 1 0 5 4 0 0 43 20
2007-08 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
Total 102 29 5 1 8 5 0 0 115 35
Rangers 2007-08 21 5 6 0 0 0 4 0 31 5
2008-09 7 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
2009-10 14 1 0 0 2 1 4 0 20 2
Total 42 6 9 0 3 1 8 0 62 7
Career total 144 35 14 1 11 6 8 0 177 42

Honours

Rangers

2009

References

  1. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  2. ^ "Hearts 2-2 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 5 February 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_div_1/4234837.stm. 
  3. ^ "Naismith to have trial at Arsenal". BBC Sport website. August 26, 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/5290686.stm. 
  4. ^ "Back On Course". Sunday Herald website. May 13, 2007. http://www.sundayherald.com/sport/shfootball/display.var.1394787.0.back_on_course.php. 
  5. ^ "Kilmarnock 3-0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. January 30, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_cups/6309881.stm. 
  6. ^ "Details of Naismith's hat-trick". www.worldfootballregister.com. http://www.worldfootballregister.com/hat-trick/male/domestic/scotland/national/cis-cup/kilmarnock/open/steven-naismith/183731116560282/. 
  7. ^ "Rangers attempt to sign Naismith". BBC Sport website. 4 June 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/k/kilmarnock/6718219.stm. 
  8. ^ "Celtic close in on Naismith deal". BBC Sport. 1 August 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/k/kilmarnock/6926175.stm. 
  9. ^ "Naismith to stick with Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 2007-08-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/k/kilmarnock/6930251.stm. 
  10. ^ a b "Naismith makes late Rangers move". BBC Sport. August 31, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/k/kilmarnock/6973548.stm. 
  11. ^ "Rangers 4–0 Gretna". BBC Sport. September 1, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6970400.stm. 
  12. ^ "Rangers 3–0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. September 23, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/scot_prem/7005522.stm. 
  13. ^ Successful ops for duo, Rangers, 20 May 2008.
  14. ^ "Scotland U21 4–0 Iceland U21". BBC Sport website. 28 February 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/4756832.stm. 
  15. ^ "Scotland Future 2-3 Turkey Future". BBC Sport website. 15 March 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/4789108.stm. 
  16. ^ "Naismith drafted into Scots squad". BBC Sport website. 1 June 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6713997.stm. 

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