In an exclusive interview with Chris Flanagan of The Lancashire Telegraph, Accrington Stanley forward Kal Naismith provides candid insight into his ascension to first team football for Rangers & describes his subsequent exit from the club.
During Rangers banishment to Division Three, Naismith was among the Rangers youngsters who benefited from the mass exodus of talent from the club. He told Flanagan, “When the club went down, I’ll be honest and Rangers fans might not like it, I thought the more big players leave the better for me because I can get in.”
“I’d never made any appearances in the SPL. From a selfish point of view I wanted to play for Rangers, no matter what level it was. It was mad going down to that level but nothing much changed apart from the away games at the smaller stadiums, with 22 of us in a tiny changing room.”
“But apart from that it was good. I can say I’ve played at Ibrox for Rangers, and I’ve made 23 appearances for the club.”
Unfortunately Naismith only scored three goals in those appearances . Consequently he failed to truly impress fans & management & it became evident once the summer approached that his days at Ibrox would be numbered.
In July, Naismith joined Accrington Stanley in England’s League Two on a trial basis & impressed immediately. He scored two goals in three appearances & featured in the lineup in Accrington’s friendly with Everton. However, Rangers transfer embargo limited managers James Beattie’s ability to sign the young forward. However, in early August Rangers terminated Naismith’s contract & days later he officially joined the Stanley.
It appears that he has had a positive start to the 2013-14 campaign. Chris Flanagan writes, “The wide man has been one of Stanley’s most influential players in recent weeks, as they have climbed out of the League Two relegation zone.”
On Saturday, Naismith scored two goals in Accrington Stanley’s 3-2 victory over Mansfield Town taking his goal tally to six.
Before the match he told Flanagan, “Even though I’ve scored a few goals, for the past few weeks I don’t feel I’ve been at my best, I’m hoping that’s still to come.”