Naismith happy to play anywhere

05 March 2014 10:01

Steven Naismith has relished his recent spells at centre-forward for Scotland - but he knows the competition for the lone place is so tight that he might have to be content playing elsewhere.

Naismith played in the lone striker's role in victories over Macedonia and Croatia but Steven Fletcher has since returned to the fold and Leeds forward Ross McCormack has made that place his own at Elland Road.

Leigh Griffiths is also pushing for the spot following his first hat-trick for Celtic on Saturday and Naismith will be happy to shape up anywhere when Scotland take on Poland in Warsaw in a friendly on Wednesday night.

The Everton player said: "It's probably where I feel most comfortable. I grew up playing centrally, whether it be a lone striker or just off the front.

"But when it comes to playing for your country, you will play anywhere. If the manager sees fit to play me elsewhere I will do my best.

"But it's not just me, every training session and match you need to prove your worth to the squad.

"It shows when guys that miss out like Jordan Rhodes, Leigh Griffiths only got a late call up. Up front, as everywhere else that I'm familiar with playing, it's very tough to get a game.

"I'm fortunate to be in the squad and competing and all I want to do is my best."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Pos Team Pld Pts
- Belgium 0 0
- Panama 0 0
- Tunisia 0 0
- England 0 0