Killie: We had to sell Naismith
Michael Johnston says Kilmarnock had little choice but to sell Steven Naismith to Rangers.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 03/09/07 9:52am
Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston says the club had little choice but to sell Steven Naismith to SPL rivals Rangers.
The Scotland international finally joined Gers on transfer deadline day after Killie had rejected four summer bids for the striker's services.
After Naismith rejected the latest contract offer, the club decided it was best to cash in on the 21-year-old rather than retain an unhappy player.
Kilmarnock are also happy with the player's transfer fee as they have received half of the money up front along with collecting a sell-on fee should he eventually leave Ibrox.
"He refused the offer of a new contract we made and at the same time told us he wasn't interested in moving to England for family reasons and didn't want to go to any other Scottish club," said Johnston.
"Under those circumstances we decided it was better to accept Rangers' offer than hold an unhappy player."