'You live for these moments' – Rangers striker offers advice to youngsters ahead of semi-final clash v Celtic
By Danny Wright
Kenny Miller has advised Rangers’ younger players to come to him to find out how it feels to play against Celtic.
The two Old Firm rivals come to blows on Sunday in a Scottish Cup semi-final and manager Pedro Caixinha has been forced to hand debuts to some of the younger members of his squad in recent weeks.
David Bates and Myles Beerman picked up their first-team debut against Kilmarnock earlier this month and could be in line to make their first senior Old Firm appearance after being part of a defence that has kept three clean sheets in the last three games.
Miller, 37, knows how it feels to play for both Rangers and Celtic in the all-Glasgow clash and says that there aren’t many better feelings in football than scoring against the Bhoys.
“I’ve got fond memories of these games,” said the Gers striker, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “Scoring for Rangers against Celtic is up there with the best feelings you’ll have in your career. It’s because of what it means.
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“Some people define your career by these goals, so it’s been nice to play a part in the fixture.
“It will be the same for goalkeepers like Andy Goram and Allan McGregor making crucial saves in these games.
“You live for these moments. If the young lads want any advice or if I feel they need an arm round them or a pep talk, of course, I’ll give them it.
Miller has bagged three goals in his last two outings for the Light Blues but his contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign.
He scored against the Bhoys on New Years’ Eve in the 2-1 loss at Ibrox and has found the net 12 times across all competitions this season in 41 games.
A win for Caixinha’s men against Celtic on Sunday would see them book their place in the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen, after they beat Hibernian on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, Derek Ferguson has urged Caixinha not to start this 29-year-old against the Bhoys.