Naysmith out to prove worth

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GARY NAYSMITH has admitted that he must prove himself for Everton and Scotland after spending so much time on the sidelines injured.

The 23-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, picked up an ankle injury in February and had to go under the surgeon's blade to cure the problem.

In the meantime Berti Vogts and David Moyes have taken over at Scotland and Everton respectively and Naysmith is aware he must impress the coaching duo.

"With a new manager coming in, I have still got to try and get into his team," said Naysmith 

"It might be different if Walter Smith was still here because I had got into his team and established myself.

"But it is exactly like starting all over again and it is the same with Scotland.

"When I eventually get to that stage, it will be the same again because I have to try and get into a new manager's team.

"I was told he (Berti Vogts) was just at Dunfermline to have a look because it was his first chance.

"I hope to be fully fit for the first game of the season but it will be touch and go.

"But, even though I have played some games, I can still feel myself being well short."

Naysmith is hoping to reclaim his spot on the left flank for the new campaign and has been given assurances by Moyes that he is very much in the manager's thinking.

 "He (Moyes) told me that I was part of his plans when I got fit and that helped me along," added the young Scot.