Naismith happy with debut

First match in nine months for new Everton signing

Steven Naismith: Happy to have made Everton debut after lengthy spell on the sidelines

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Steven Naismith is delighted to have made his first appearance for Everton - and played his first game anywhere since October.

Naismith signed from Rangers earlier this month but had to wait to make his debut due to administrative issues surrounding the transfer.

The delay was nothing new to the 25-year-forward having had to sit on the sidelines since October after picking up a knee injury.

But the Scotland international finally got back on the football pitch, playing 20 minutes of Everton's draw with Motherwell at Fir Park at the weekend.

"I got a warm reception from the Everton fans today, which was nice, hopefully I can show them what I can do in the coming weeks and months."

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"It was great to make my debut," Naismith told Everton's official website.

"It made it that extra bit special because I've been out for quite a while and there was the legal stuff to get through.

"But I'm glad that it's all passed now and I can focus on getting my fitness back and staking a claim for the first game of the season.

"I've had a taste of it for the last couple of weeks with the squad. I was dying to get back on the pitch and link up with the boys.

"I had a wee test - 20 minutes or so - and hopefully there's more to come in the coming weeks.

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"I felt strong from the test I got today. It's just about the short sharp stuff and the games are going to come thick and fast which will be good for me.

"I got a warm reception from the Everton fans, which was nice, hopefully I can show them what I can do in the coming weeks and months.

"The boys have made me very welcome. They are different class. Moving to a new club, there's always a bit of nerves to see how you'll settle in.

"But every one of them has made we feel very welcome."

Naismith linked up with former Ibrox team-mate Nikica Jelavic in Saturday's game and will be looking to forge a similarly successful partnership to the one they enjoyed in Scotland.

"We did well at Rangers together and although it's pre-season, it's good to get into the old habits that we were in," he added.

"He's a quality player and he definitely improved me as a player. Hopefully I can do the same for him."