Naysmith’s East Fife goodbye is frozen out

By KEVIN CRAIGENS

GARY NAYSMITH will not play for East Fife for the last time tonight before becoming the manager of Queen of the South tomorrow with a frozen pitch causing the postponement of the fixture.

The Scottish Cup clash with League Two new boys Edinburgh City will now be held on Wednesday December 7 with a 7.45pm kick off at Meadowbank.

Naysmith took part in East Fife training on Saturday morning before heading off to watch the Queen of the South defeat at home to Dumbarton in the Championship later that afternoon.

It now means it is unlikely that Naysmith will get this chance to say goodbye to the East Fife fans before he continues his career in management in Dumfries.

Telstar Tam, fan of the Fifers, took to twitter to give his thoughts of the departing Naysmith. He said: “The thing I liked most about Gary Naysmith was that he never thought he was too good for East Fife, not had that since Steve Archibald.”

The former Hearts and Scotland left-back, now 37, has made 44 appearances for the Fifers since 2013. He has also plyed his trade as a player at Everton, Sheffield United Huddersfield Town and Aberdeen since he turned professional in 1996.

Whilst also appearing for his country 46 times, the former defender scored ten goals including one for Scotland.

Naysmith could not hope for a better chance for three points in his first game, on Tuesday against struggling St Mirren at home in Palmerston Park.

Queen of the South currently sit in sixth place in the Scottish Championship five points clear of the relegation play off place but the Doonhamers also lie only five points away from a promotion play-off place.

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