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Naismith vows to improve at Everton

Steven Naismith has vowed to ensure that Everton fans see the best of him next season after a difficult first year in England.

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The striker, who has been named in Gordon Strachan's 28-man Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb on June 7, arrived at Goodison Park on a free transfer as Rangers went into liquidation last summer.

He has scored only four times for Everton, spending his debut season building up match sharpness after missing most of his final year in Scotland with cruciate knee ligament damage.

Naismith made 15 starts and 20 substitute appearances for the Toffees during the season, with the highlight being an equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Goodison Park in October.

He also scored the final Everton goal of David Moyes' 11-year reign as manager, finding the net in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Goodison Park.

Naismith, who has had to battle back from two serious knee injuries during his career, is satisfied with his progress in England.

The 26-year-old told the Liverpool Daily Post: "I have played more games and started more games than I thought.

"The quality in the squad is really high. Coming back from injury and moving to a new club are big things for a footballer and I am happy with the amount of games I have played.

"I have not played anywhere near my best but I hope I can keep in good shape over the summer, come back and have a good pre-season and push on."

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