'Honest to god' - Kenny Miller destroys Celtic 22-year-old
By Danny Wright
Rangers striker Kenny Miller has blasted Jozo Simunovic for his tackle in the first-half of Celtic’s 5-1 win at Ibrox on Saturday.
The 22-year-old poleaxed Miller with a well-timed sliding tackle, but the senior Gers player was angered by the challenge and believes that the ‘excessive force’ used by the Hoops defender could have seen him injured.
Referee John Beaton did not award a foul for the 25th minute incident, but the 37-year-old feels as though Simunovic was lucky to escape any sort of punishment.
Hoops captain Scott Brown was also on Miller’s agenda, after the two Old Firm veterans clashed in the fixture.
“Broony’s Broony so you are not going to complain too much, but he knew what he was doing. The Simunovic one in the first half? Honest to god,” said Miller, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“I was trying to get out the way of it. If I decided to ride it, there was the potential to be hurt. I appreciate he did play the ball, but what’s the term used now – ‘excessive force’? There was definitely excessive force in that.”
Celtic’s win on Saturday was their biggest ever victory at Ibrox, despite Miller finding the back of the net in the 81st minute to provide his side with a consolation goal.
The former Wolves and Derby striker has scored 13 goals and supplied six assists in 43 appearances across all competitions this season.
Four of those goals have come in the last three Scottish Premiership matches, where Rangers are now likely to finish in third place.
Caixinha needs to see his side pick up one more point in their last four games in order to secure a Europa League qualification spot, while second place will be out of bounds if Aberdeen pick up four points in their remaining fixtures.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has handed the board with a 12-man shortlist.