Naismith targets Team GB

Rangers midfielder keen to play on biggest stage

Steven Naismith: Making himself available for selection for next summer's Olympics

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Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith has set his sights on playing at next summer's Olympic Games.

The Scottish Football Association have been vocal in their opposition towards the idea of a British team at the London Games.

However, Naismith - out for the rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage - shares the views of fellow Scotland international Jamie Mackie, who recently declared an interest in being involved.

Naismith, 25, told The Ibrox Edition: "I think the younger players in particular need to consider it (playing in the Olympics) a lot more.

Massive stage

"I think we should be available for it, not so much for the political side of it, but more for the fact we can show we've got talent north of the border.

"To play in these kinds of tournaments and to be in the starting line-up for Team GB would be great and for that reason I'd definitely make myself available.

"It's more of an event for the younger boys though. It would be a massive stage for them and especially with the Olympics taking place so close to home.

"You'd be crazy not to consider it. Everybody has got their own views but for me personally, I'd be available."