Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has boldly claimed that fringe player Kenny Miller will be the Glasgow club’s “most powerful weapon” ahead of their clash against Celtic on Sunday.

The two Old Firm rivals meet at Ibrox this weekend in what is no doubt the biggest derby game in the Scottish Premiership since the Light Blues’ financial meltdown of 2012.

Miller, 38, has not started a single Scottish Premiership game since December due to injury and it now appears that he is nowhere near Graeme Murty’s first-team plans.

The former Scotland and Celtic forward has made just three appearances off the bench since the winter break, but that has not stopped Warburton from claiming that he will be a key player in the game against the Hoops this weekend – even though it is very unlikely he will even grace the pitch.

“He probably won’t start on Sunday, but I still see him being a hugely important figure for Rangers,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“I actually think Kenny could be the most powerful weapon for Graeme Murty; in terms of someone who is Rangers through and through, he cares passionately about the club, he’s influential in the changing room in the right way.”

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The ex-Nottingham Forest boss added: “Kenny can play a vital role for Sunday’s game, the rest of the campaign and the seasons ahead.”

Football Insider verdict

Warburton clearly had a good relationship with Miller during his spell at Ibrox – something with Pedro Caixinha obviously did not have. The ex-Wolves striker’s influence in the dressing room, but for Warburton to say that he can play a vital role against Celtic this weekend is a bit odd considering he has barely kicked a ball in the past few months. Rangers’ strike force has been in devastating form too so there’s little chance that Murty will switch up his attack. Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass are without doubt the two key men to look out for this weekend, as well as Jason Cummings who could make an impact off the bench.

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