Naismith backs Boyd stance

Fellow striker wants team-mate to remain at Ibrox

Naismith: Welcomes new arrivals

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Steven Naismith is delighted that Rangers have knocked back Cardiff's efforts to sign Kris Boyd.

The striker believes that the Gers must do their best to retain the services of their best players, a category which Scotland international Boyd falls into.

It remains to be seen whether the Bluebirds will increase their £2.5million offer for the forward, but Naismith believes lodging another bid would be a waste of time.

He is adamant that Boyd, the club's top scorer for the last three seasons, has an integral part to play in Walter Smith's plans for the future and sees him enhancing his reputation further in the years to come.

Pleased

"You want to keep guys who have scored the amount of goals big Boydy has at the club," he said.

"He maybe didn't play as much as he would have liked last season but he still finished as the top goalscorer which tells you something.

"Personally, I'm pleased the club has turned the offer down and hopefully he will be here for many years to come."

While hoping that his potential strike partner remains at Ibrox next season, Naismith is not surprised that Boyd is attracting interest from England.

"He's a typical striker who will get you goals and they don't come cheap these days," he added.

"It's just great to have one in your team. You go into games expecting to score goals with Kris in your team."

Naismsmith's own place in the side could be under threat should Boyd decide to stay, while the arrivals of Kenny Miller, Kyle Lafferty and Andrius Velicka have further bolstered the club's attacking options.

Capable

However, despite the increased competition for places, Naismith is convinced that the summer additions will help the club's pursuit of silverware next season.

"All three (new signings) have shown they are capable of doing well in the style they play so it's three good additions and it creates more competition for places for the strikers," he said.

"Hopefully it can push us on to get the title this season after falling short last season.

"They are big names. Kenny Miller has done it for Scotland, Kyle Lafferty is a young man coming through and has shown his presence in the English leagues, while Andrius Velicka has shown what he can do in the SPL."