The Rangers fans would have been thrilled to see their side earn a 2-0 win at Ibrox today, however, Steven Naismith’s cameo from the Hearts bench earned the response that everyone expected.
Naismith spent five years as a Rangers player, having arrived from Kilmarnock in 2007.
However, Naismith and former team-mate Steven Whittaker were among the high-profile players who refused to have their contracts transferred to Charles Green’s newco in 2012.
The pair also decided to hold a controversial press conference, detailing how they came to the decision to leave Ibrox… and it infuriated the Rangers fans.
Naismith spent the next four years playing for Everton and eventually Norwich City, before he joined Hearts on loan until the end of the season during the January transfer window.
And with the Jambos visiting Ibrox today, the 31-year-old was named amongst Craig Levein’s substitutes, before being brought on in the 73rd minute.
As you’d expect, Naismith’s arrival on the pitch evoked a pretty strong reaction from the Light Blues faithful:
— Craig Brown (@CBroon1988) February 24, 2018
Was good to hear Steven Naismith getting booed. ?
I would rather turn down 100,000's of pounds of an Everton signing on fee than get booed by the team I supported.
— Wings Over Schotland (@AndyMcFlash) February 24, 2018
— Ronnie Esplin (@RonnieEsplin) February 24, 2018
Steven Naismith comes on for Hearts…to jeers from the Rangers fans.
— Brian Marjoribanks (@DMMarjoribanks) February 24, 2018
What Steven Naismith wants more than anything in the world right now. A time machine. "Naw mate. Don't think I'll bother with a press conference. Let's just get to Everton"
— Rangers1ST (@Rangers1ST) February 24, 2018
I think Ibrox made ito clear today what they think of Steven Naismith.
— The Blue Gates (@Thebluegates72) February 24, 2018
If you didn't boo Naismith today then I have no time for you #booooo
— Gregory Peg Leg (@GregW1983) February 24, 2018
Wee og from Naismith please ?
— Gary Caldwell (@GaryCaldwell22) February 24, 2018
Yeah…………so if Steven Naismith ever thought he’d get welcomed back to Ibrox, today he was given his answer! No apology! No surrender ?
— Stevco (@BranleySteven) February 24, 2018
Lafferty abuse is not fair but Naismith deserves all the abuse in the world
— brother humphreys (@Humphreysdh) February 24, 2018
Comfortable performance and Naismith got hell, if carlsberg did Saturdays ???
— kenneth (@kennethdavis72_) February 24, 2018
— Gareth Lowry (@GarethLowry) February 24, 2018
Judas prick pic.twitter.com/xdiacRCH8h
— Steve Smith (@SteveGSmith_) February 24, 2018
Hope Naismith got dugs abuse the wee rat, a long time coming ?
— Bob Stone (@RyanBillyTaylor) February 24, 2018
Oh and Naismith finished up on the losing team, which is a nice bonus!
— Davie fae Durban (@DAndrewPratt) February 24, 2018
Jamie Murphy and Russell Martin were both on the score-sheet during this afternoon’s victory, a win which sees Rangers close to within six points of League leaders Celtic.
Was the reaction toward Naismith warranted?
Or should the fans move on?