Naismith had trials at Arsenal as a teenager.
He told the Scottish Sun: â€œUp until going to Arsenal Iâ€™d been playing for the team that was most local to me, staying at home and all the rest of it. When Jim Jefferies came in and mentioned about going I was in shock.
â€œI didnâ€™t expect it. But I went down and had a few great days. Meeting Arsene Wenger and his assistant Pat Rice was something in its own right.
â€œThen when I walked into the dressing room Ashley Cole and Theo Walcott sat there.
â€œI think they were impressed with me as a person as well as what I did on the training pitch.
â€œI think I coped with it all right but Iâ€™d definitely say I wasnâ€™t ready to move at that stage.
â€œNothing came of it which was maybe a good thing because I wouldnâ€™t have liked to have had to have made a decision like that at that stage of my career. I had another good couple of years at Kilmarnock which helped me mature a bit more.
â€œIt opened my eyes to the bigger picture. The facilities were world class, the manager spoke a lot of sense and it was amazing. But I wouldnâ€™t have said it was the right time to move then. I hadnâ€™t really done a lot in the game to warrant one."