Former Everton and Scotland forward Steven Naismith has retired from football at the age of 34 to become Hearts’ football development manager.

Naismith had two loan spells at Hearts between 2018 and 2019 before making his move permanent. The forward has enjoyed a fantastic career with the likes of Everton, Norwich City and Rangers, having started out at Kilmarnock and reaching 51 caps for Scotland.

Everton hero Steven Naismith is moving to a new role at Hearts.

Everton hero Steven Naismith is moving to a new role at Hearts. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

29 goals in 90 appearances followed for Naismith at Hearts, but following the club’s return to the cinch Premiership following promotion from the Championship last season, the former Everton star has called it a day.

A Hearts statement reads: “The former Scotland forward, capped 51 times for the national team, hangs up his boots following a glittering and trophy-laden career, and now enters a new chapter that will see him forge the path of Hearts’ brightest young talents.”

Naismith added: “It is always a big decision for any player to hang up his boots, but I feel the time is now right to make a transformation from playing into a football development role.”

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