'Embarrassing' - Kenny Miller blasts former Rangers boss over shambolic result
Kenny Miller has blasted Pedro Caixinha for Rangers’ humiliating European exit to Progres Niederkorn last season – insisting it was an “embarrassment” to be involved in.
The Gers won the first-leg 1-0, with Miller scoring the only goal, before a 2-0 reverse in Luxembourg saw them knocked out in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.
The veteran striker thinks Caixinha hadn’t prepared the Gers well for the game – insisting there was “so much wrong” with the Gers’ pre-season.
“We got beat 2-0 in an away leg which was unforgivable. What happened? We never turned up on the night, conceded sloppy goals, horrendous goals.
“You’ve got however many new signings that were made, different cultures, different nationalities coming into a team. You’ve had three weeks prep going into a game. I don’t think we were prepared right for it. I don’t think the pre-season was proper either. There was so much wrong going into it.”
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Football Insider verdict:
If only Rangers had some guys in their side when they played Progres who you would expect would have some professional pride – as well as being more than capable of seeing off the minnows regardless of who is in the dugout. It’s also worth noting that Miller came out and defended the very things he is now criticising when Michael O’Halloran was critical. This smacks of nothing more than sour grapes by a player who was no longer good enough to consistently contribute but isn’t willing to accept the responsibility for his own, numerous shortcomings. If the veteran striker makes the move into coaching them he will need to hope his players show him a bit more respect than he has various Rangers managers over his three spells with the club. After serving the club so well over his three stints, it’s sad to see it end this way for Miller but he hasn’t done himself any favours with his contradictory claims.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.