Everton’s attacking midfielder Steven Naismith has bought several ticket’s for un-employed supporters in Liverpool, reports The Guardian.
Naismith, who signed for Everton in 2012 following Rangers liquidation will hand out several tickets across the coming months, and the season.
The 27 year old Scot, who lived in Glasgow for several years, can see the simililarities between the two cities, and stated.
“I come from Ayrshire in the west of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow – a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment.
“Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job who may not be able to afford a ticket. I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people.
“I have asked the Jobcentre Plus if they could give the tickets to different jobcentres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League match.
It is not the first time that Naismith has been involved in Charity work, and has been involved in several charity organisations across Glasgow. The player is currently an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland, and believes he wants to give something back to the community.
“Every day I feel very fortunate for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family and me and also to be in the position where I can help the community in some small way.”
By Ben Reardon