Murray in Naismith query

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Sir David Murray admits he does not understand why Kilmarnock have yet to accept an offer for Steven Naismith.

Rangers have made multiple bids for the young striker, but have still to meet Kilmarnock's £2million asking price.

Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston claims to have received a verbal offer in excess of The Gers' bid for Naismith, who has asked to quit Rugby Park.

And Rangers executive chairman Murray feels, if that is the case, then his club's SPL rivals should have agreed to the player's sale.

"We've the greatest respect for Kilmarnock, but if they have other clubs who want to buy the player, why don't they accept one of those bids they've received?" questioned Murray.

"Walter (Smith) has already spoken about the offer we made.

"He's a good young player and we'd like to have him here, but he's 20 years old and at that age you're buying potential."

Murray also revealed that Rangers pulled out of the race to sign Scott Brown, who has joined Old Firm rivals Celtic, due to the midfielder's wages.

He said of Brown, who is rumoured to earn £25,000-a-week at Parkhead: "If he's on the wages that have been reported - and I stress that last part - then you have appearance payments and a massive signing-on fee, how would that leave us with other players?

"Would the young Scottish players we have be happy to sign new contracts when they were getting less than half what another young Scottish player was being paid?"