Everton boss David Moyes has denied speculation that Gary Naysmith could be set for a summer exit from Goodison Park.
The Scottish international has been linked with a return to his home country with Rangers after playing a restricted role for the Premiership club so far this season.
A knee injury ruled him out for three months earlier in the campaign, and Naysmith has played just seven times since the turn of the year.
However, Moyes was encouraged to hear the defender speak of his commitment to the club, and has responded by insisting that Naysmith remains in his plans on Merseyside.
"I have heard some of the stories but I also saw that Gary said he was looking to play as big a part as he can in our run in, so good on him," Moyes told the club's official website.
"I've got a lot of time for Gary Naysmith as a person and a player.
"He is a good player to have in the squad.
"Whenever he plays, he is totally committed and an excellent professional. Yes, he missed the Arsenal game but before that he had done very well."