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21st Dec, 2017 | 1:28pm

Thomson: Murty must bring 'fiery' Rangers character into dugout for clash v Celtic

Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson believes that injured striker Kenny Miller should be in the dugout as a coach for the Scottish Premiership clash with rivals Celtic.

The 37-year-old was suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road last week and the club confirmed earlier in the week that he would be sidelined for a significant period of time.

His injury means he will miss the Old Firm game away at bitter rivals Celtic on December 30.

However, Thomson, a former teammate of Miller, believes his experience can help the team and has urged interim manager Graeme Murty to have him in the dugout for the game.

“If I was Graeme, I might be inclined to bring Kenny on to the coaching team for the game against Celtic,” Thomson told the Daily Record.

“His experience in the dressing room could be vital on a day like that. I know the kind of character Kenny is and he will definitely still want to be around the lads.”

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Miller, a former Celtic player, has an exceptional goal scoring record against his old side with 10 goals in 19 Old Firm clashes against them.

Thomson spoke very highly of his teammate and believes he has the qualities that could help Rangers to a victory against their bitter rivals.

“As a player Kenny is a character and has a big voice in the Rangers changing room. He is also not shy in telling you what he thinks,” he said.

“He has a soft approach but he also has a snappy approach like all the top players have. He can be fiery at times and he was often the cause of skirmishes in training just because he is such a competitive animal.”

Miller was banished to the Rangers Under-20 squad earlier in the season by former manager Pedro Caixinha, but he was recalled to the squad by caretaker boss Murty, after Caixinha was sacked in October.

Rangers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership table, eight points behind leaders Celtic and face matches against Kilmarnock and Motherwell before the Old Firm clash on December 30.

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