Naismith impressed by Fleck
Steven Naismith has hailed teenage sensation John Fleck for the 'tremendous' job he has done.
Last Updated: 12/02/09 6:39pm
Steven Naismith has praised teenage striker John Fleck for helping turn Rangers around after a miserable January.
The 17-year-old has forced himself into the Rangers starting XI recently and Naismith has said the surprise impact the teenager creates is like having a new signing.
"Flecky has come in and done a tremendous job, so it is looking much more positive now than it did a month ago," he said.
"I think some of the boys who have been in and out of the team, other boys know a bit about.
"But with John coming through, it is like having a new player; nobody knows how he's been doing, how he plays and he's taken the league so far by storm."
Fleck scored his first senior goal for Rangers from the penalty spot in their 2-0 win over Dundee United. Naismith has hailed the job Fleck has done, despite the fact his form may keep the 22-year-old out of the side.
"You can't complain with what he has done," the former Kilmarnock added.
"He steps up and pushes a few boys off the penalty situation and - cool as ice- just slots the penalty. He's been due his place and, as long as he keeps playing well, I'm sure he'll keep it."
Naismith is completing his recovery from a serious a knee injury. He says he will be careful not to exert himself too much, even with the Old Firm derby coming up on Sunday.
"I just need to bide my time. I'd like to be involved in every game but this isn't my first major injury," he said.
"Coming back from this, I've obviously been taking advice from everybody around the club. I just need to take my time coming back and any game time I get, just treasure it and do as well as I can."