Kenny Miller: These are the two positives Rangers can take from Celtic defeat
By Amir Mir
Kenny Miller believes Rangers can take positives from not conceding too many goals in the first half and producing a “better” display after the break following their defeat against Celtic.
The 37-year-old striker started the match for the Gers as they suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of their rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final clash at Hampden Park.
It was a poor first half performance from Pedro Caixinha’s side, with the Portuguese taking off Joe Garner at half-time after his woeful display in the final third.
His change made no difference as Rangers failed to turn up as they suffered yet another Old Firm defeat of the season.
Experienced striker Miller looked like the only player who was living up to the fans expectations as he delivered this honest message about his side’s performance.
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“We didn’t stand up to the task in the first half. In the second we were better,” said Miller, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We had more of the ball, we created chances and we were a threat but we weren’t a threat at all in the first half.
“There are positives we can take from the second half, moving into next week’s game, as long as we learn.
“The only positives to take from the first half was in terms of what we don’t want to be doing when we meet at Ibrox in the league – and the fact we only went in at the interval a goal down.”
Both teams will lock horns once again, this time for a final time when the duo meet at Ibrox next Saturday afternoon for a Scottish Premiership clash.
Brendan Rodgers, who took charge of Celtic in the summer, will be hoping to record a fifth win of the season against the Bears.
Furthermore, he will want his side to maintain their chances of remaining unbeaten this term as there are five more games of the season remaining.
Despite a poor showing in the cup competitions and continued struggle in the SPL, the Gers still have the faintest of hopes of catching second-placed Aberdeen in the table.