The infamous fallout between Rangers FC club captain Kenny Miller and dynamic coach Pedro Caixinha has left the club in an awkward position. As the drama of the story intensified, with rumours of Miller being accused as the team mole; Caixinha left the fan favourite out of the matchday squad for their 4-1 victory against Hamilton on Saturday.
The 37-year old club icon who has played for the club for 17 years was asked to join up with the Under-20’s for the trip to Brentford instead. The move has not gone down well with most fans and the situation threatens to boil over unless Rangers FC continues to win like they did against Hamilton Saturday.
Football experts have gone as far as to say that Miller is not a rat or snitch but is the victim of an inexperienced manager struggling to win over his dressing room and the Rangers FC striker has suffered at the hands of a manager out of his depth. If his long career at Rangers FC is to be brought to such an unceremonious end, it will leave the Gers with very few options up front until January when the winter transfer window will open.
However, it does open up an inviting opportunity for 20-year old youth team star Ryan Hardie. Despite Caixinha being open to giving his youth players plenty of chances, Hardie has just featured in one match so far.
He performed splendidly in the prestigious Toulon Tournament in the summer, scoring three times as Scotland finished in an impressive third place. Although the local fans are not enjoying the cold-shoulder treatment being given to their club captain, they will be clamouring to see local-born Hardie being given a run of matches in the league to fill the void left my Miller.
Hardie has a long way to go before he establishes himself as a regular starter though and should he get the chance to lead the Rangers’ attacking line, he will have to improve if not at least repeat his summer heroics with Scotland at the Toulon Tournament.
Seeing as Caixinha is hard on stance with Miller, 20-year old Hardie should start preparing himself for what could be a career-changing next few months for him. Testing times lie ahead for not only Hardie, but for Caixinha and Rangers Football Club who have to come out of an ugly situation created by the axing of Kenny Miller. But can Hardie smoothen it all?