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Steven Naismith

Steven John Naismith (born 14 September 1986) is a Scottish association footballer who plays for Scottish Premier League club Rangers F.C. and the Scotland national football team.

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Steven Naismith biography


Steven John Naismith (born 14 September 1986) is a Scottish association footballer who plays for Scottish Premier League club Rangers F.C. and the Scotland national football team.

Naismith began Steven Naismith career with Kilmarnock F.C. in 2004. Steven Naismith spent four years with the Ayrshire side during that time Steven Naismith won the SFWA Young Player of the Year in 2006

Kilmarnock

Naismith played several years in the Kilmarnock youth team before signing professionally for Kilmarnock on 31 August 2002. Steven Naismith made Steven Naismith senior debut in the 2003-04 in Scottish football as a substitute against Hibernian F.C. on 24 April 2004. This was in a season where Steven Naismith helped Kilmarnock under-19s win the Scottish Youth Cup against Rangers 1–0 at Rugby Park.

In the 2005-06 in Scottish football Steven Naismith played in the striker position, and also on the left of midfield. Steven Naismith performances won Steven Naismith the SPL young player of the month award in August Steven Naismith signed a new contract with Kilmarnock, until the summer of 2010, on 9 March 2006.

Naismith's performances led to a two-day trial with Arsenal F.C. in August 2006. Naismith scored Steven Naismith first professional hat-trick, in a 3–0 Scottish League Cup semi-final victory over Falkirk F.C.. Steven Naismith won the SPL young player of the month award in March 2007.

Rangers F.C. made a bid of around £400,000 for the striker in June 2007, with Kilmarnock officials incensed by what they considered to be a derisory offer. It was then widely reported that Naismith had handed in an official transfer request. BBC Sport then reported that Kilmarnock were close to accepting a bid of around £2m from Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic F.C.. Shortly afterwards, Naismith withdrew Steven Naismith transfer request.

Rangers

2007-08

On 31 August 2007, Kilmarnock had accepted Rangers' offer for Naismith, a bid in the region of £1.9m The following day Naismith made Steven Naismith debut as an 83rd minute substitute against Gretna F.C.. Steven Naismith scored Steven Naismith first goal for Rangers in a 3–0 win over Aberdeen F.C. on 23 September 2007. Naismith made Steven Naismith Champions League debut at the Nou Camp against FC Barcelona in November 2007, coming on as a 78th minute substitute. Steven Naismith scored in consecutive games against Hibernian and Dundee United at the turn of the year during season 2007-08. A month later Steven Naismith then scored Steven Naismith fourth and fifth goals for Rangers against Falkirk and Gretna.

During Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final against St. Johnstone F.C. in April 2008, St. Johnstone player Martin Hardie stepped on Naismith's left knee and appeared to injure him. However, after initially limping off the pitch Steven Naismith returned to the field of play, only to collapse a short time later and required to be stretchered off. however, Steven Naismith returned to training eight months later.

2008-09

Naismith returned to action in December 2008, playing in a Rangers F.C. Reserve and Youth squads match against St. Mirren F.C. and made a return to the first team football in January 2009 during the Scottish Cup, coincidentally St. Johnstone F.C. were the opponents. Naismith featured in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final win over Falkirk F.C. after missing the majority of the season through injury.

2009-10

Naismith opened Steven Naismith account for the 2009-10 season by scoring the fourth in a 4–1 win over Falkirk and followed this by winning a late and decisive penalty against Hearts at Tynecastle, which team mate Kris Boyd converted. The penalty proved to be the winning goal. Naismith then netted in the Scottish League Cup match against Queen of the South in September 2009.

In the 2010 Scottish League Cup Final win over St. Mirren F.C. Naismith set up Kenny Miller for the winning goal through a counter attack after Rangers had been reduced to nine men.

Towards the end of the season Naismith scored two goals against Hearts at Tynecastle in March 2010. Naismith made 25 league appearances during season 2009–10 and duly received Steven Naismith first SPL winners medal after Rangers clinched back to back titles.

2010-11

In the first match of the 2010-11 season Naismith scored as Rangers beat Kilmarnock 2-1. Naismith then scored in consecutive games against Dundee United and Dunfermline in September 2010. On 29 September 2010, Naismith scored the only goal of the game as Rangers defeated Bursaspor at Ibrox to gain them their 1st win in 12 UEFA Champions League matches. Naismith followed this Champions League goal up with the winning goal deep into stoppage time against Hearts at Tynecastle in October. Further goals against Motherwell, Kilmarnock and St Mirren took Naismith's goal tally to eight for Rangers at the turn of the year in season 2010-11. Naismith's form also won Steven Naismith the SPL player of the month for October.

After new year Naismith scored the winning goal in the Scottish League Cup semi final against Motherwell at Hampden Park Naismith was then sent off in the 2-2 draw with Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup after a second yellow card. Goals against Motherwell, Dundee United and St Johnstone took Naismith's tally to 11 for the season. Naismith then scored two goals in a 5-0 win over Motherwell in April 2011 In the final game of the 2010-11 season Naismith scored in the 5-1 win over Kilmarnock which won the league title for the third consecutive time for Rangers.

Season 2010-11 proved to be Naismith's most prolific to date in a Rangers shirt, scoring 15 goals. Naismith was nominated for the SPFA Players' Player of the Year award after Steven Naismith performances throughout the 2010-11 season. Naismith won both the Rangers players player of the year and the supporters player of the year for season 2010-11.

2011-12

Naismith scored again on the first day of the league season against Hearts F.C. at Ibrox Stadium in a 1-1 draw. In the following league match against St, Johnstone, Naismith scored again as Rangers won 2-0. The month of August saw Naismith score in consecutive games against Motherwell and Aberdeen.

In the first Old Firm derby of the season on 18 September 2011, Naismith scored twice against Celtic F.C. as Rangers won 4-2, this was the first time Steven Naismith had scored in a match against Celtic. Six days later against Dunfermline Athletic F.C., Naismith scored another brace to take Steven Naismith tally to eight goals in eight league games. However, the match was overshadowed when Naismith was handed a two match retrospective suspension by the Scottish Football Association for elbowing Dunfermline captain Austin McCann. Naismith later stated there was no deliberate intent and had already had an apology accepted by McCann.

During the 2011-12 season, Naismith began a goalscoring celebration where Steven Naismith crosses Steven Naismith arms in front of Steven Naismith body. This was later revealed by a family friend to mean that Steven Naismith is sending a kiss to Steven Naismith girlfriend when doing so. One of Steven Naismith grandmothers was born in England. In the same month Steven Naismith scored on Steven Naismith debut for the Scotland B national football team, against Turkey B national football team in a 3–2 defeat.

Naismith was called up to the Scotland national football team squad for the first time in June 2007, and made Steven Naismith debut as a late substitute in the 2–0 win over the Faroe Islands national football team. Naismith captained the Scotland U21 team later that year, and scored a winning goal against the Czech Republic national under-21 football team. Naismith received Steven Naismith second international cap when Steven Naismith started the world cup qualifier against Holland at Hampden Park in September 2009 which Scotland lost 1-0. Naismith's third international cap was against Wales in a 3-0 friendly defeat.

Naismith was selected for all three of Scotlands matches in the Nations Cup (football) when Scotland reached the final but were defeated by the Republic of Ireland.

In the UEFA Euro 2012 championship qualifiers Naismith played in both matches home and away against Lithuania, both matches against the Czech Republic, the home match against Lichtenstein and the home match against Spain. Naismith scored the winning goal in the home match against Lithuania in September 2011 to keep Scotland's hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 alive.

International goals


Style of play

Although Naismith traditionally started Steven Naismith career as a Forward (association football), Steven Naismith has recently been effectively used as a midfielder. Naismith has been used on both right and left flanks for Rangers but also as a central midfielder with Steven Naismith versatility a key attribute.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Naismith

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