Neil McCann picks Rangers best number nine after Scottish Cup defeat v Celtic
By Will Butcher
Neil McCann believes Kenny Miller is Rangers’ best centre-forward following the Gers’ 2-0 loss to Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.
Miller, 37, is competing with the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Joe Garner and Joe Dodoo to lead the Gers’ attack, as Pedro Caixinha continues to use a system that includes one centre-forward.
The ex-Celtic striker failed to find the back of the net for the third consecutive match against Old Firm rivals Celtic, as Brendan Rodgers’ side knocked the Gers out of the Scottish Cup.
Former Rangers midfielder McCann believes Miller is the Gers’ best option up front, but claimed that he should have scored late on against Celtic.
“They did create chances. That’s the positive Caixinha will take; the substitutes offered width and brought genuine genuine opportunity to put balls in the box,” McCann told Sky Sports 2’s live coverage of the Old Firm clash.
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“They needed to ask questions of Celtic’s defence; they should have done better with one of two chances.
“Kenny Miller is the best number nine that Rangers have. Waghorn had the best chances, and Miller may have done better with the one he tried to lift over Craig Gordon.”
Gers went 1-0 down in the first half after midfielder Callum McGregor tucked home a neat effort from the edge of the area that left goalkeeper Wes Foderingham motionless.
The Hoops’ lead was doubled in the second half, as Scott Sinclair won and scored a penalty following James Tavernier’s late tackle, booking Celtic’s place in the final on May 27.
Caixinha’s side rallied in the second half but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net, as goalkeeper Gordon denied the likes of Miller and Waghorn.
This season, Miller tops the rankings in the league goalscoring charts with nine, three above Waghorn but with his contract set to expire in just over a month, his future remains in doubt.
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