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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

David Weir has tipped Steven Naismith to rekindle his lethal partnership with Nikica Jelavic at Everton.

Weir saw first hand how effectively the pairing can work during his time at Ibrox and believes the duo can quickly re-establish their understanding.

"When they played together they did very well and obviously they can combine," said Weir, who was consulted by David Moyes over the signing of the Scot. "Steven can play in a number of positions and contribute in different areas. He's got a lot of strings to his bow. The fact that he can play with Nikica is an obvious benefit though and it's a nice one to have up his sleeve for the manager, I'm sure."

Everton confirmed the signing of Naismith on a four-year deal on Wednesday morning and Weir says fans can expect the newcomer to give his all for the cause.

"He's a good all-round footballer," he explained. "He's a fit lad, he works hard - which is obviously a necessity at Everton - he's capable of getting a goal, he's very good in the air and I think he'll be a good signing for us.

"He's a talented lad, he's played to a top level with Rangers in Europe and with Scotland and I think he'll add to the team.”

Asked by Moyes to give his thoughts on Naismith, Weir admitted he was only happy to advocate the abilities of his former teammate.

"He [Moyes] obviously asked me my opinion of Steven and I gave him my opinion,” he said.  “I had nothing but good things to say about him.

"He'll fit in no problem," he added. "There's a great bunch of lads here, good staff, and there are people here who have been here a long time who will soon let him know what the Club means to people and how important it is.

"He'll take that on board, he'll get on with job and he'll get on with doing what he does best, which is playing football.

"He'll quickly learn what a nice place it is to work and how good a club it is."

Weir also pointed out the signing will be a boost for Naismith's new teammates, with many of the Club’s first-team players set to return for pre-season training on Thursday.

"I think it's great to get business done early and get people in,” he said. “Steven will be here for the first day of pre-season, working with the rest of the lads and getting to know them, and hopefully he can hit the ground running when the season starts."


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