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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 August 2007, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Naismith to stick with Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith
Naismith will line up against Celtic on Sunday
Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith has withdrawn his transfer request and apologised to Rugby Park fans.

The 20-year-old Scotland international is now looking forward to the season ahead with the Ayrshire side.

He told the Scottish Sun: "I made the request after a period where I was becoming more and more frustrated with claims of mystery bids being made.

"I understand I'm viewed as a commodity by the club but I'm also a person who has feelings and emotions."

Rangers failed with repeated offers for Naismith over the summer, while Celtic enquired about a possible move.

However, Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies claimed the Scottish champions had failed to follow up a verbal offer.

"I would like to apologise to the Killie fans for my actions," added Naismith.

"I hope they understand I've felt under considerable pressure, especially after numerous promises that my situation would be resolved proved to be nothing more than false dawns.

"I've always strived to do my best for this club and my commitment while I am a Kilmarnock player will never waver."

Naismith, who is under contract until 2010, claimed his frustration was exacerbated by being kept in the dark.

He said: "When I asked for more information regarding these bids, little or none was given, especially regarding offers which were claimed to be in excess of 1.5m.

"The only bid I was advised of was Rangers' 1.5m offer.

"The final straw came after the Nottingham Forest game when I was told my future would be finalised within 24 hours, but again I have heard nothing."

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