Gers withdraw Naismith offer
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers have withdrawn their bid for Kilmarnock's Steven Naismith.Rangers boss Walter Smith has confirmed the club have withdrawn their bid for Kilmarnock's Steven Naismith.
The Gers have been haggling with Kilmarnock over a deal for Naismith for the last few weeks without any success.
Kilmarnock have rejected four bids from Rangers for the Scottish international and claim they have received a better offer from a rival club for the highly-rated forward.
Rangers have now cooled their interest in the 20-year-old by withdrawing their offer.
"The Naismith one is well documented," said Smith. "Kilmarnock have been good enough to make public every aspect of the negotiations, so it is where it is at the present moment.
"We have withdrawn our offer and that's where we stand. We have our valuation of the player and Kilmarnock have as well.
"We are hoping to get a couple of players in so we will continue. We'd be hoping to do that anyway regardless of the Steven Naismith situation."
Smith remains keen to bring in a few more new faces before the season gets underway in August.
"We are still hopeful of getting a couple of players in before we get started," added Smith. "Sooner rather than later I hope.
"We are getting there in terms of numbers but would like another couple in."