Naismith chasing cash boost

Gers midfielder hoping for Turkish delight

Naismith: No letting up

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Steven Naismith hopes Rangers can pick up points in midweek and boost their January transfer kitty.

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The Gers are set to face Turkish outfit Bursaspor on Tuesday in their final UEFA Champions fixture of the campaign.

Walter Smith's side have already missed out on a place in the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition, but are set to drop into the Europa League.

Victory in Turkey would likely put them in the top half of the draw for that competition, while also offering a £750,000 windfall.

With takeover talks no closer to reaching a conclusion at Ibrox, that cash injection would be most welcome ahead of the reopening of the transfer window.

"If you look at it, the cash we would get if we came out on top in Turkey could allow us to bring in another player in January if the manager was to get it," midfield ace Naismith told the club's official website.

"When you consider that, you could actually say it's a really big match for us and we know that.

"We work so hard throughout the season to get into the Champions League that I don't think you could say any games in the competition are meaningless.

"Regardless of whether we are out or not, we all want to be involved because it's a great feeling when you're on that pitch playing in such a big event.

"There's a lot to play for from the point of view a win would help our coefficient and give us prize money."


Naismith believes Rangers have equipped themselves well in the Champions League this season, alongside the likes of Manchester United and Valencia, and feels a 3-0 defeat at the Mestalla at the start of the November is the only time they have allowed their standards to slip.

He added: "As a squad, I think we have managed to come to terms with the demands on you when you are playing in the Champions League and we've handled that better.

"I think we've come a long way. The only real negative was that we didn't win at home to Valencia because I think we deserved to and that's my biggest disappointment.

"Now we have the Europa League to look ahead to and there are plus points we can take into that tournament.

"We will definitely be confident. We've competed against two of the best teams in the world in United and Valencia and I don't think we have looked out of place.

"After creating chances against both of them, we have something to build on and we'll be optimistic in the New Year."