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Will Kenny Miller become the first casualty of Caixinha’s Ibrox reign?

Tuesday 25th April 2017
Having endured a bitterly disappointing return to the Scottish top flight following a four-year absence, there is little doubt that things need to change at Glasgow Rangers – not least some of the personnel. The departure of various players has been propounded in recent weeks, with the future of league top scorer Kenny Miller perhaps receiving the most attention.

Miller has openly stated his desire to remain at Ibrox until at least the end of the 2017-18 campaign, but so far at least, there is no deal on the table.

Curiously, the 37-year-old has been featuring regularly under new Gers boss Pedro Caixinha, and he was even chosen as captain for the recent 2-0 Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic.

That same evening, the veteran striker was selected as the club's Player of the Year by fans and also scooped the Players' Player of the Year gong – underlining his immense popularity with both supporters and colleagues.

However, there still remains a huge question mark about where Miller will be plying his trade next season.
Appearing downbeat about his chances of landing a new contract, the former Scotland international said: “Nothing has moved on at all. There has not been any chat. With a new manager coming in it's kind of put that on hold a little bit.

“For me, you don't really get to this stage and things are not sorted out.

“I'm still hopeful and everybody knows my feelings for the club and where I want to be but at the moment it has not moved forward.”

“It would hurt me if I was to leave — of course it would.

Miller's frank words will certainly resonate with a number of Light Blues fans, with many quick to point out his unerring tendency to play a part in the bigger matches.

A quick-fire double against Aberdeen two weeks ago helped turn a tight affair in his side's failure, while his opening goal against Celtic on New Year's Eve further reinforces his ability to show up for the big occasion.

That strike against the Hoops was his ninth goal for Rangers in Old Firm clashes. Those who follow Scotland's most decorated football club will be hoping he is given the opportunity to improve on that tally next season.

One thing is for sure though: one way or another, Miller – who has enjoyed three separate spells at the club over a seventeen-year spell – will be playing somewhere come August.

When asked whether he still considers himself an attacking force at the highest level, the Edinburgh-born forward insisted: “I'm 100 percent sure about that. I wouldn't be wanting to stay here if I didn't think I could play top flight.

“I'm where I want to be and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind I'll be playing at a very good level next year.

Only time will tell whether that's at Ibrox, but rumoured interest from the likes of Aberdeen and Hibernian suggest there will be no shortage of potential suitors if the curtain is drawn on this particular chapter.

Let's hope the club's hierarchy have the gumption to make a concrete offer before his experience and leadership are lost cheaply to a potential rival. Rangers will be worse off without Kenny Miller.
James Smith

26-year-old football enthusiast and staunch advocate of all things gambling. Bluenose, for my sins. I have a passion for writing about football - particularly Rangers. My time is spent in London and Glasgow.

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