Naismith left frustrated

Gers forward would rather play than train

Naismith: Frustrated

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Rangers forward Steven Naismith has vented his frustration at the SPL programme being decimated by the wintery weather.

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The Scottish champions were due to play Dundee United on Tuesday night, but the Tannadice fixture was called off due to the adverse conditions.

Gers are scheduled to tackle Motherwell at Fir Park on Boxing Day, a 15-day gap from when Walter Smith's side last played.

Naismith is annoyed at preparing for a match only for it to be off and he knows that as a player being in a set routine helps.

Preparations

"The stop-start to your week isn't the best preparation," he told Blues News.

"We just really want the games to be back on, it's been a bit disappointing that they've been off.

"The thing a player likes best is a routine and knowing your full week.

"It's quite distracting when games are called off days before and training is changing.

"The uncertainty is definitely frustrating for the players."

Playing

The games were coming thick and fast earlier in the campaign and Naismith would much rather be playing than training.

"In the first part of the season we liked having the games midweek and at the weekends," he continued.

"It keeps you ticking over, you get into a rhythm of playing and we went on a good run.

"So hopefully we can pick that back up and keep that going towards the end of the season.

"Ask any player and they will tell you they would rather play games than train.

"Although the games are mounting up, we will be happy if we keep playing and getting good results."