Naismith's agent blasts Killie
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Steven Naismith's agent has blasted Kilmarnock for their handling of his transfer saga with Rangers.
Rangers have seen up to four bids rejected by Kilmarnock for the Scottish international and they claim they have ended their interest in the striker.
Naismith's agent Andrew McCormick is unhappy with Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston's stance over the player and he claims the whole episode has badly affected the 20-year-old.
"Steven's reached the end of his tether and needs to leave," McCormick told the Daily Record.
"He's disillusioned with the treatment he's received from a chairman whose handling of this saga has been quite incredible.
"Johnston seems to spend more time communicating with fans on websites than he does telling Steven what is going on.
"The player and chairman have no working relationship whatsoever.
"Steven's father has already expressed concern over his son's health because his head is in such a mess he can't sleep.
"He is being denied an opportunity to better himself and increase his earnings 10-fold. I defy anybody not to become frustrated in those circumstances.
"It's like having a winning lottery ticket in your hand but Kilmarnock's chairman wants to rip it up and deny him the chance to cash it in.
"It's impacting hard on Steven and his family. They can all see his pain and it's distressing for everyone."