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'Extremely damaging' - BBC pundit delivers verdict on reported Rangers rift

By James Black

Former Hibs striker Tam McManus has rubbished suggestions that Kenny Miller leaked information of a team meeting as “absolute nonsense.”

Miller has reportedly become embroiled in a spat with manager Pedro Caixinha amid claims that the Portuguese singled out Miller and team-mate Graham Dorrans for criticism after the Old Firm defeat to Celtic last month.

The row has seen the 37-year-old banished to the club’s Under-20 side as he captained them on Sunday in a 5-2 win over Brentford B.

Footballer-turned-pundit McManus believes the claims made by a Rangers fans website with close links to the club are damaging to Miller’s hard-earned reputation.

“Not a chance Kenny Miller has leaked anything to newspapers. Absolute nonsense and extremely damaging to his reputation,” said the BBC Sport pundit on his personal Twitter account.

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Miller has enjoyed three spells at the club and has made 250 appearances for the Gers.

The striker was given a new one-year contract towards the end of last season but it appears as though he may have played his last game for the club after crossing Caixinha.

The Portuguese manager has a reputation as a strict disciplinarian and has previously sent Michael O’Halloran, Rob Kiernan and Harry Forrester to train with the youth side before all three left the club over the summer.

Miller has previously been involved in helping with the coaching of the Under-20’s alongside manager Graeme Murty but had never played for the side.

Barring a drastic change of circumstances, Miller perhaps won’t be involved when the first-team return to action on October 13th when they travel to face St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

In other Rangers news, Charlie Nicholas believes that Caixinha will be axed by the Gers.

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