Derek Johnstone calls for crunch talks between Caixinha and Rangers outcast
By James Black
Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes Rangers fans deserve to know what has happened in the reported bust-up between Kenny Miller and manager Pedro Caixinha.
Miller reportedly leaked information from a team meeting in the wake of the 2-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic and found himself dropped to the club’s Under-20 side last weekend.
Caixinha has refused to give any details of the falling out but Miller was spotted training with the first-team yesterday as Pedro Caixinha put them through their paces.
Miller travelled to London on Saturday with Graeme Murty’s Under-20’s and started against Brentford B in a 5-2 win the following day before rejoining the senior squad this week.
Johnstone believes there needs to be a resolution sooner rather than later and has called on Caixinha to hold crunch talks with the outcast striker to try and clear the air.
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“Was it something that Kenny has said to the manager in the team meeting? Has it been his form throughout the season? We don’t know,” Johnstone wrote in his column for the Evening Times website.
“But the longer this goes on, the more it is going to be talked about and the more the fans are thinking ‘what is going on at the club?’
“They have got between now and the St Johnstone game a week tomorrow to sort out the situation between the manager and Kenny. They need to sit down, talk it through and decide what is going to happen next.”
Miller has played 250 times for the Gers over three spells with the Ibrox giants and recently signed a new contract until the end of the current season.
The 37-year-old was rested for the League Cup win over Partick Thistle before returning to the squad for the Old Firm – replacing Carlos Pena early in the second-half – but was bombed out for last Friday’s 4-1 win over Hamilton.
It was unclear if Miller was due to travel to Canada with Caixinha’s squad for the now-cancelled trip across the Atlantic to face Benfica for the Eusebio Cup.
The Gers will now face Morton in a closed-doors friendly with Morton on Saturday before returning to competitive action against St. Johnstone on October 13th but Johnstone thinks the Rangers supporters deserve an explanation, writing in the Evening Times: “Pedro has only said that he has picked his squad and that Kenny isn’t in it. But it is not as simple as that because the fans want to know what is going on.
“I know there are a lot of supporters that don’t feel that Kenny has played that well and they would rather see another player in the team.
“But this is a man that has seen it and done it for Rangers for many years and all of a sudden he is with the 20s. Why? I think the Rangers fans deserve to know.”
Johnstone was part of Rangers’ European Cup Winners Cup-winning side of 1972 and scored 210 goals in 554 games for the Light Blues and is the club’s fifth highest goalscorer of all time.
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