Hearts complete loan signing of former Rangers and Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith from Norwich

Steven Naismith (SNS Group)
Steven Naismith (SNS Group)

HEARTS have unveiled Steven Naismith as their latest January signing.

The Scotland striker joins the Edinburgh club on loan until the end of the season from English Championship side Norwich City.

Manager Craig Levein told the club’s website: “It’s a bit of a coup to bring somebody in of Steven’s quality, not just in a footballing sense but as a person as well. It’s much in keeping with the senior players we have here already, the likes of Don Cowie, Christophe Berra and Aaron Hughes.

“I think he’ll be a huge player in the dressing room and a great example to the rest of the team. On top of that he’s a fantastically talented football player.

“He’ll bring a bit of nous, experience, energy and enthusiasm – which he has in abundance. He’s also got goalscoring ability.”

Naismith, who has 45 Scotland caps, is the Jambos’ second signing of the window, following a loan deal for Manchester United’s Demetri Mitchell.

The 31-year-old started his career at Kilmarnock before spending five seasons at Rangers.

He moved south to Everton having refused to transfer his contract over to the new company running the Ibrox club.

After four seasons with the Toffees, he made the move to Carrow Road for £8.5million.

He’ll be reunited with fellow striker Kyle Lafferty, who he played with at both Rangers and Norwich, and is set to feature in this weekend’s Scottish Cup Edinburgh Derby.