Rangers return to the top flight of Scottish football last season was believed to bring back the long-lost contest as they were supposed to draw an end to Celtic’s sheer dominance reconquering the lost throne. However, their four-year absence in Premiership allowed the Hoops to stretch the gap in terms of quality as well as experience and the Light Blues need to improve vastly next season to redefine the Old Firm rivalry and challenge for the silverware.
They were the dominant force of Scotland before serving a demotion and the Gers indeed lack the quality they used to possess prior to those darkest years of club’s history.
The Gers eventually lost all their key men in the process except skipper Lee Wallace and also brought back Kenny Miller, who was a part of Rangers’ three consecutive title triumphs between 2009-11. Miller, now 38, contributed to their top-tier promotion despite in his late thirties but the recent fallout with the manager Graeme Murty has led to an internal suspension until the conclusion of an internal investigation and the veteran forward is not to feature again for the Light Blues as his contract expires at the end of May.
He, however, is not expected to hang up his boots despite approaching the forties and might find a new club amid interests from fellow outfit Motherwell. The Steelmen are not financially capable of competing the big boys but hold a strong foundation and an admirable scouting network.
Although labeled as league’s ‘selling club’, Well have groomed and nurtured several young talents and have been through to the final of both the domestic cup tournaments defeating the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen under the sincere guidance of Stephen Robinson. The gaffer, meanwhile, is expecting multiple departures this summer, thus, keeping tracks of the available resources who are achievable and capable of adding values to their squad.
Miller, available for free in summer, is in the Northern Irishman’s radar as he has not ruled out a move for the iconic forward.
“Kenny is a Rangers player. It would be wrong for me to talk about any player under contract elsewhere. But we are always looking to improve the squad.”
The Scotsman, who has been capped 69 times for Scotland (scored 18 goals) at senior levels, is at the twilight of his football career but still has a lot to offer due to his experience of a top order and commitment, as well as work-rate, he offers on the pitch. Miller has played 743 club games for the duration of his incredible 21-year spell so far in club football and notched 250 goals in the process. He is still going strong and quite unlikely to retire at the end of this campaign.
A move to Motherwell suits both the parties as the centre-forward will add depth to their shallow attacking line and a player of his stature will inspire the youngsters to flourish and eventually develop as the prized assets of Scottish football. He will be an influence both on and off the pitch and the Steelmen must grab the opportunity of tying down Kenny Miller.