By Matt Farr
Former Rangers striker Marco Negri claims the ongoing feud between Mark Warburton and the club board could prevent veteran Kenny Miller from being offered a new deal.
The 37-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and negotiations are yet to begin over an extended deal.
Miller has been a regular starter under Mark Warburton this term, contributing eight goals and four assists from 30 appearances in all competitions.
Talking in the Daily Record, however, Negri believes that the striker is unlikely to land a new deal while the future of the manager remains uncertain – but claims he could still play a valuable role for the club despite his age.
Warburton has fallen out-of-favour with the board in recent weeks, and could be forced out of the club if the situation at the club does not improve.
The club are already 27 points behind rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, and Negri admits the ongoing feud between Warburton and Dave King could have a negative knock-on effect on Miller’s future.
He told the Daily Record: “He is a fantastic guy and a top professional and he has looked after himself so well he could easily play until he is 40, even if he doesn’t play every minute of every game.
“At this stage in his career it’s not about the number of minutes Kenny plays but the quality of them. He has a lot of experience in his head as well as his feet and he could be crucial in the last 20 minutes of matches for the next couple of seasons.
“However, it’s not just about what Kenny brings to the team on the pitch, but off it as well. He can be a big brother in the dressing room for younger players to help them understand what it takes to play at Ibrox.”
Rangers are believed to be holding off on any potential decision over Miller’s long-term future until next month, which suggests the club could be contemplating a new manager.
The budget is not a concern for the Scottish club, as Miller’s demands will be well within their financial capabilities.
Nevertheless, a decision on the future of Warburton is expected to take precedence over Miller, meaning the striker will have to remain out of the loop a little while longer.
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