STEVEN NAISMITH was the target for the boo boys as he made his return to Ibrox at the weekend.

The former Rangers striker, who quit the club for Everton in July 2012, came on as a second-half substitute as Hearts went down 2-0 to Graeme Murty’s team.

Naismith admitted he expected the reception, but was frustrated the Tynecastle couldn’t silence the home crowd and achieve an acceptable result.

Goals in either half from Jamie Murphy and Russell Martin clinched a deserved victory for the Gers as they made it four wins on the trot.

The Scotland international said: “It wasn’t the first time I’ve been booed and jeered for every touch in a stadium.

“I had the wife and kids shouting and bawling at me all week! To be honest, it didn’t matter at all.

“You get used to it and the guys who retaliate are probably the ones it gets to, but I don’t bother.

“It was disappointing, especially for the younger boys. I remember when I first starting out at Kilmarnock and coming here.

“it is a daunting place and you want to Rangers on the back foot and get into the game, but we never really got that.

“For us, in possession we weren’t really good enough all day and that gave Rangers a lift and they had wave after wave of attack at points in the game.

“It was cruel to give away a goal just before half time. I’ve been on both sides of it, so I know how big a lift that would have been for them.

“If the games a bit stop-start and you frustrate them, the crowd is not going to be happy. It’s a crowd that expects them to dominate games, especially at home, and that poses a question for them.

“But we didn’t have enough possession in the game to do that and whenever we did have it, we tried to score too quickly rather than take the sting out the game.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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