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Last Updated: Monday, 18 September 2006, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK
Awardee Naismith aims for better
Steven Naismith with his CIS award
Steven Naismith is hoping for a good cup run
Steven Naismith picked up his first award of the season and warned defenders that the best is yet to come.

He was voted the CIS Insurance Cup young player of the second round after Kilmarnock's 2-1 extra-time win over Queen of the South.

But the striker admitted: "I've probably not had as good a start as last season, but I've got a few goals and the team are playing well.

"It's nice to pick up these awards and I just keep them in my flat."

Naismith was invited down to Arsenal for a trial after picking up the Scottish Football Writers' young player of the year award last season.

And he will hope to catch their eye again as Kilmarnock take on Livingston in the third round on Tuesday evening.
It could be the shock of the round if Livingston beat us

Steven Naismith

"It's tremendous to get the award," said Naismith. "It was a hard game at Queen of the South, they took us to extra time, but we got through.

"Livingston will see us as a scalp and it could be the shock of the round if they beat us.

"They've started the First Division well, so it'll be a hard game.

"Since I've been at Kilmarnock, we've not really done well in the cups.

"Last season, we were put out by Dunfermline and Hearts early on.

"So hopefully we can have a decent run this time."

Indeed, Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies stressed that he would not treat the First Division leaders lightly by playing a weakened side.

"We'd thought about changing the side, we did it in the last round, but we're needing a decent cup run," he said.

"Livingston only went down last season and we know it won't be easy."

Queen of the South 1-2 Kilmarnock
22 Aug 06 |  Scottish Cups


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