In January Mark Allen and then-manager Graeme Murty made a decision. They decided to sign Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings on loan and rejected Norwich City’s recently-freed Steven Naismith.
This was a choice we didn’t so much agree with as respect, being very happy as it was with the ex-Hibs striker coming to Rangers. As it happened, his rival for the Rangers signature ended up at Hearts.
It would be fair to say Jason Cummings and Rangers didn’t work out – no point putting spin or reason on it or explaining why, it just didn’t work out, and Steven Gerrard wasn’t interested in bringing him back to Ibrox permanently.
However, while hindsight is 20/20 and it’s extremely unfair to resort to ‘what if’, nevertheless with Naismith now Scotland’s top striker, tearing the league up and comfortably top scorer while Rangers struggle to have a completely accepted hitman as our one-stop reliable solution up top, we start to feel January’s decision was a big mistake.
Naismith is a proven goalscorer, someone who’s done it at every club level there is plus international, and with Rangers’ striker issues increasingly well documented, we really do wonder if there’s scope for a stunning January move for the 32-year old forward, just like there was for his three-time ex-team mate Kyle Lafferty.
Obviously Rangers really missed the boat in January, with him available for nothing and plainly eager to return to Ibrox. With no preparation (as is the case with January signings) he still managed three in 10 for Hearts last campaign, and this time around it’s 8 in 9 in all competitions.
He’s on fire, just like he was for us in 2011 before that fateful injury ended his time in Scotland, and we would imagine a wise move to snatch him in January wouldn’t be the worst outcome.
Whatever happens with Alfredo Morelos, however Umar Sadiq turns out, we really feel a cheeky half million for a player out of contract next May would be a very clever move, and a handy addition to start 2019 with.
Would you like him?