By Harvey Byrne

Former Rangers man Steven Naismith believes current ace Kenny Miller is defying expectations.

The attacker is still playing a key role for the Ibrox giants at the age of 37, with a return of nine goals and five assists in 37 appearances for the club in all competitions this season.

Now, Naismith, who is seven years younger has spoken of his admiration for his former club and country teammate.

Additionally, he feels that Miller is thriving on the current demand on him and showing his worth to the famous club at his relatively late age.

“You see him (Miller) dropping into intelligent pockets for the younger players to go into and capitalise on,” told Naismith to the Scottish Sun.

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“If you look at his career, as he’s got older he’s scored more goals and he’s become a much more composed finisher.

“The style of players Rangers have suit him down to the ground, too.

“He can drop into those holes to allow the wider players to run into.

“All-round he’s probably enjoying football more now than he has done in a few years.

“There’s been so much demand on him but he’s thriving on that. He’s scoring and he’s a leader.

“He’s still producing at the top for Rangers when people probably never expected him to at this stage of his career.

“When he went back to Rangers at whatever age he was, everyone probably thought it would maybe be for a short spell.

“But history shows older players, like Davie Weir, came to the club and did well.

“Kenny is probably moulding himself into that similar type, big in the dressing room but also producing the goods.

“At my stage, you think more about what you’ll do after you finish rather than thinking about when you’ll finish.

“I remember as a young whippersnapper at Killie, Alan Mahood telling me to play as long as you can.”

Miller has helped Rangers nestle in third place in the Scottish Premiership in their first season back in the top-flight since suffering relegation in 2012.

The famous club are currently eight points behind Aberdeen in second with a massive 33 points separating them from fierce Glaswegian rivals Celtic.

The Gers will be hoping they can compete with the Hoops once again in the near future and they will be looking for the newly appointed Pedro Caixinha to help them do so.

However, they may have to do so without the much hailed Miller, who’s contract is still set to expire this summer.

In other Rangers news, Luca Gasparotto is looking to turn his career around with international call-up.

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