Steven Naismith
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Steven Naismith
Position:
Striker
Caps:
15, Scotland *
Signed from:
Glasgow Rangers
Date signed:
04/07/12
Transfer fee:
Free
Debut:
Contract duration:
4 Years
Contract expires:
01/07/16
Born:
Irvine, Scotland
D.O.B:
14/09/86
Height:
5' 10" (1.78m)
Nicknames:
Naisy, Nace
* as at: 09/07/12

Steven Naismith joined Everton as a free agent in July 2012, signing a four-year deal.

Naisy is a versatile player who can play as a striker, is comfortable playing on either flanks or in a midfield postion. 

Naismith was a Rangers fan as a boy and spent time at the Ibrox club's academy before beginning his professional career at Kilmarnock. The Irvine-born player made his debut as a 17-year-old for Kilmarnock. He played over 100 games for Killie. 

The 2005/06 season proved to be a breakthrough campaign as Naismith bagged 13 goals and was named the Scottish Football Writers' Young Player of the Year. Further awards arrived the following season when he claimed 15 goals and received the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award. 

His performances had caught the eye of the SPL big guns and Rangers won a tug of war to regain the services of their former starlet in August 2007.

He had also made his full international debut against the Faroe Islands by that stage and established himself as a regular squad member for Scotland.

At Rangers Naismith became an important cog and ended his Ibrox career with three SPL titles, two Scottish League cups and a Scottish Cup.