Naismith hopes for replay recall
Steven Naismith could be handed a return to the Rangers first team in their Scottish Cup replay with Hibernian.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 08/03/08 4:32pm
Steven Naismith could be handed a return to the Rangers first team in their Scottish Cup replay with Hibernian on Sunday.
The striker was left out of the 2-0 Uefa Cup win against Werder Bremen on Thursday but an injury to Daniel Cousin could see him return for domestic action.
Cousin has suffered a broken jaw which is likely to keep him out for up to a month, and with the Gers still competing on four fronts this season Naismith admits that the benefits of having quality cover in every position will become apparent over the next few months.
"It was very frustrating (to be left out against Bremen) but the manager's got a job to do," Naismith said.
"He's got a team to pick but unfortunately for me it wasn't my turn. Hopefully I can get back in the squad for the weekend.
"The manager has said over the last couple of months that we will need everybody.
"A few new boys, like Christian Dailly and Steven Davis, have arrived in January and they have played a massive part in the last month.
"It's difficult to get in the team but when you're fighting for four trophies it is, as the manager said, about using the whole squad.
"There are a few of us who can play in a number of positions which can only help the manager out.
"He'll probably do what he's done all along which is to see what his best team is and then decide whether to freshen it up or stick with the same team.
"That's the manager's choice."
With Rangers currently four points clear at the top of the SPL, Naismith admits that reclaiming the title from city rivals Celtic remains the priority ahead of Cup or European success.
"We're not in them to dilly-dally about," he said.
"I think the priority for everyone is the league and the other three will take care of themselves."