Johnstone: Frozen-out Rangers player must start tonight in Perth
By James Black
Rangers legend Derek Johnstone thinks Pedro Caixinha should recall veteran striker Kenny Miller to his starting XI – weeks after the 37-year-old was banished to the club’s Under-20 squad.
Miller reportedly leaked information from a team meeting in the wake of the Old Firm defeat at the hands of Celtic and saw himself discarded to the Under-20’s squad to face Brentford B just before the international break.
Caixinha has since recalled Miller to his senior squad – the striker came off the bench on last weekend’s closed-doors friendly with Morton – and the ‘Barcelona Bear’ believes Miller should start tonight when the Gers face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.
“The one thing you get from Kenny is 100 per cent effort and fight and that is what Rangers need out of every player right now,” Johnstone said in his column on the Evening Times website.
“I think there is definitely room for Kenny Miller in this team and he should be in the squad at McDiarmid Park; I would like to see him start.
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“He is a very vocal presence on the park and he will get other players playing.
“Rangers need leadership and he is someone that leads by example.
“He will admit himself that he hasn’t had a great start to the season but he can get other players playing around him.”
The two sides are level on points going into tonight’s game and Pedro Caixinha will know he can’t afford any more slip-ups after home defeats by Celtic and Hibs.
Premiership leaders Celtic and Aberdeen play their games later in the weekend and a win for the Gers could put serious pressure on the leaders as they try and close the six-point point gap to the top.
Miller has played 250 times for the Ibrox giants over three spells with the club, scoring 100 times, and signed a new contract earlier this year to extend his stay at Ibrox until the end of this season.
In other Rangers news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.