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15th Apr, 2017 | 8:07am

Celtic ace: Caixinha must do this ahead of the summer window

By Matt Farr

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has urged Rangers chief Pedro Caixinha to hand Kenny Miller a new contract this summer.

Miller, 37, is out of contract at Ibrox at the end of the season, but Griffiths insists the veteran goalscorer still has tremendous worth to the Rangers first team.

The striker is getting no younger, but he has still scored 11 goals in all competitions this term, including a number of important strikes.

However, negotiations over a fresh deal for Miller have yet to lift off the ground, but Griffiths had some words of advice for Caixinha ahead of the summer window.

Griffiths told the Daily Record that the Portuguese must take into account Miller’s performances over the full season, and not just his efforts under the club’s new management, and then he will see why he deserves a new deal.

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He said: “People are surprised Kenny is still doing it at his age. But I’m sure he looks after himself well off the pitch and he showed how vital he can be as a team player.

“It’s staggering, the amount of goals he’s scored, the chances he’s created, he’s only got a few games left to define the season – anybody else who’s in his position would effectively be demanding a new contract.

“I think he’s got to prove himself to the new manager what he can do and bring to the team. But if the manager looks over the whole season he’ll see he deserves a new contract, which he does.”

The 70-time capped Scotland international arrived at Rangers for a third stint in June 2014, and has continued to earn himself one-year extensions.

But he faces a race against time this season to convince Caixinha to keep him onboard, with the club’s new boss expected to make changes to the squad in the summer.

Football Insider verdict

To put it simply, Miller definitely deserves a new deal. Regardless of whether Caixinha sees him as a first team regular, Miller can have a lasting impact on the first team squad as a whole, and should be kept on board. He is an ideal role model for the club’s youngsters, while his knack of scoring important goals makes him a valuable asset despite his advancing years. He gives his all for the team, he’s vastly experienced, and Rangers would be weaker if they let him leave for a third time. Caixinha may target more prolific options in the summer, but Miller must be retained at all costs.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club have been dealt a blow as their 25-year-old reported target is set to snub Ibrox for a move to England.

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