Naismith eyeing Old Firm goal
Rangers ace Steven Naismith says his confidence is sky high and he is desperate to make his mark on Sunday.
Last Updated: 22/10/10 5:18pm
Rangers ace Steven Naismith says his confidence is sky high and he is desperate to make his mark in Sunday's Old Firm derby.
The midfielder has impressed this term, scoring in the SPL and UEFA Champions League for Rangers, while also finding the net against world champions Spain for Scotland.
He would now love to score in the Old Firm derby at Parkhead on Sunday and is desperate for boss Walter Smith to select him for the game.
Naismith said: "Just because of the run of form I've been in, this game has come at a good time for me.
"I've played in two or three Old Firm games and it's really disappointing as a player not to be selected for the big games.
"Hopefully I'll be selected and have a real go on Sunday. Hopefully I can make my mark.
"I would love to get a goal and be on the winning side.
"We know it's a massive - and tough - game.
"They will be confident with their start to the season and we are going to be confident with the run that we've been on.
"Both teams have a 100 per cent record and it's all set up nicely."
Naismith did not expect both teams to boast perfect records in the SPL ahead of the clash.
He said: "It's a bit surprising because over the last few years the clubs have dropped early points.
"Both squads have been determined this season and put in good performances and got the results. It's a unique position.
"This game is going to make a difference, without a doubt, with both teams on 100% records.
"It would give you that psychological boost but there is a long way to go.
"There are three more Old Firm games and this one won't decide the league, by any means."
Naismith believes Celtic boss Neil Lennon deserves credit for instilling a winning mentality at Parkhead.
"The biggest thing, without doubt, is the good bond," he said.
"He has brought the winning feeling back to them. It's surprising, when you do change so many players, to get that so quickly.
"Neil Lennon has managed to get that at Celtic and that's probably why they have had such a good start to the season."