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David Moyes snapped up the Scotland striker on a free transfer and the 25-year-old claims he did all he could to try and help save the club from administration

New Everton signing Steven Naismith does not regret opting out of transferring to newco Rangers, insisting the players have done all they can to help the financially-stricken club.

The Scotland international moved to Goodison Park on a free transfer on Wednesday amid criticism for failing to generate any income for new Gers owner Charles Green.

Moyes key to move - Naismith

But, Naismith believes there is not much more he could have done for the club, claiming that he and his team-mates faced their “hardest decision” in choosing whether to leave or transfer over to the new-look Rangers side.

"It hasn't been nice, first of all from a fans' point of view, because the club was in such a mess, and from a footballing point of view, none of the squad were prepared for what we had to go through,” he told the Guardian.

“It was to the squad's credit the way it did turn out and the players can hold their heads up high and say that they have done everything they could to try and pull the club out of administration.

“The outcome wasn't great but you move on from that and hence the reason I have come to the decision I have.

"We couldn't do much more but there is going to be a degree of disappointment from a lot of people with the way the players have left, but it has been the hardest decision for a lot of them, whether to leave or transfer over.”

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Toffees boss David Moyes sympathised with Rangers’ plight, but admitted the ongoing problems at Ibrox helped them capture one of their transfer targets.

"Everyone knows Rangers' situation and we have had our eye on Steven for a long time,” he added.

“The situation at Rangers gave us an opening.

“It is a tragedy for Glasgow Rangers. Rangers don't know what division they are going to be in next season but all players want to play at the highest level."