Kal Naismith

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Kal Naismith
Personal information
Full name Kal Alexander Naismith
Date of birth (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 20
Youth career
Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Rangers 17 (6)
2011Cowdenbeath (loan) 9 (2)
2012Partick Thistle (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2015 Accrington Stanley 73 (14)
2015–2018 Portsmouth 81 (18)
2015–2016Hartlepool United (loan) 4 (0)
2018– Wigan Athletic 3 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U16 4 (1)
2008–2009 Scotland U17 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:02, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 January 2012

Kal Naismith (born 18 February 1992) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a winger for Wigan Athletic .

A Rangers youth graduate, Naismith made his breakthrough into the first team in the 2012–13 season, after loan spells at Cowdenbeath and Partick Thistle. He has represented Scotland at under-16 and under-17 level. He plays either as an out and out striker, as a winger or in an attacking midfield position. His main attributes are his ball control and skill.

Club career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Naismith was sent on loan to Cowdenbeath and Partick Thistle during the 2011–12 season. On his return from loan Naismith made his debut as a substitute on 29 July 2012, in a 2–1 win over Brechin City in the Challenge Cup.[1]

He scored his first goal for Rangers against Forres Mechanics in the Second Round of the 2012 Scottish Cup. On 9 August 2013 he mutually agreed with Rangers to terminate his contract.[2]

Cowdenbeath (loan)[edit]

Naismith joined Scottish Second Division club Cowdenbeath on loan at the end of August 2011. He made his debut on 10 September against East Fife,[3] going on to score his first goals for the club on 24 September scoring both goals in their 2–1 win over Albion Rovers.[4] With matches limited due to call offs[5] his last game came on 10 December against Arbroath.[6]

Partick Thistle (loan)[edit]

On 5 January 2012 Naismith joined Scottish First Division club Partick Thistle on loan until the end of the season,[7] however was unable to play against Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup that weekend as he was cup tied[8] having played for Cowdenbeath earlier in the season.[9] He made his debut on 13 January playing from the start in their 1–0 defeat to Hamilton Academical.[10]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

In the 2013 summer, Naismith was given a trial at Accrington Stanley, completing a switch to them on a free transfer shortly after. [11] He made his debut for the club on 10 August, starting in a 2–2 home draw against Portsmouth.

Naismith scored his first goal for Stanley on 22 October 2013, netting the winner in a 2–1 home success over Bristol Rovers. He also scored braces against Torquay United and Mansfield Town, finishing the season with ten goals in 38 appearances.

Naismith was also an undisputed starter for the club in 2014–15, scoring four goals in 35 games.

Portsmouth[edit]

On 28 May 2015, Naismith signed a three-year deal with fellow League Two side Portsmouth, for an undisclosed fee. [12]

At the end of the 2017–18 season, Portsmouth announced that he rejected a new deal from the club, deciding to pursue other options elsewhere.[13][14]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 30 May 2018, Naismith signed a three-year deal with the side Wigan Athletic.

International career[edit]

Naismith has represented Scotland at under-16 level[15] making his debut against Wales on 5 October 2007.[16] His first goal came on 29 November against England.[17] He later represented the under-17 team making eight appearances.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 May 2018[19]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2011–12 Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Scottish Third Division 17 1 4 2 0 0 3 0 24 3
Total 17 1 4 2 0 0 3 0 24 3
Cowdenbeath (loan) 2011–12 Scottish Second Division 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Partick Thistle (loan) 2011–12 Scottish First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Accrington Stanley 2013–14 League Two 38 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 40 10
2014–15 League Two 35 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 39 4
Total 73 14 3 0 2 0 1 0 79 14
Portsmouth 2015–16 League Two 19 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 22 3
2016–17 League Two 37 13 0 0 1 1 3 1 41 15
2017–18 League One 25 2 0 0 1 0 4 1 30 3
Total 81 18 1 0 2 1 9 2 93 21
Career Total 188 35 9 2 4 1 10 2 211 40

Personal life[edit]

On 20 September 2010, Naismith and fellow Rangers player Kyle Hutton, were abducted in Edinburgh by two men and driven around the city in Hutton's car[20] before they were dumped in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh.[21] Naismith and Hutton were then mugged as the thieves stole the car. Later, both the thieves were convicted and prosecuted, and the car was retrieved.[22]

Honours[edit]

Rangers
Portsmouth FC

[23][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brechin City 1–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ "We've Done Our Homework - Rangers Football Club, Official Website". 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Cowdenbeath 3–2 East Fife". BBC Sport. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Cowdenbeath 2–1 Albion Rovers". BBC Sport. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Scottish football fixture card hit by cold snap". BBC Sport. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Cowdenbeath 0–0 Arbroath". BBC Sport. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Further Loan". Partick Thistle F.C. 5 January 2012. Archived from the original on 6 April 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Partick Thistle Complete Loan Deal For Rangers Winger Kal Naismith". The Glaswegian. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Boness Utd 0–3 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Hamilton Accies 1–0 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Kal Naismith seals Accrington Stanley switch". Sports Mole. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Naismith pens Pompey deal". Portsmouth FC. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Four Players Set To Leave Pompey". Portsmouth FC. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Kai Naismith exits Portsmouth, who release trio of Jez Bedford, Nicke Kabamba and Theo Widdrington". BBC Sport. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Kai Naismith SFA". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 8 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "WALES v SCOTLAND". SFA. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Scotland v England". SFA. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Kai Naismith SFA under 17". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 8 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Kal Naismith". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Men admit abducting Rangers players". BBC News. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  21. ^ "Two Rangers kids 'abducted'". The Sun. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  22. ^ "Thug who kidnapped Rangers starlets jailed". Daily Record. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  23. ^ 2016–17 EFL League Two

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