By Matt Farr
Rangers captain Lee Wallace has urged the club to extend the stay of veteran goalscorer Kenny Miller to help push the club back towards Champions League football.
The 37-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and is faced with the prospect of leaving Ibrox for a third time in his career.
However, team-mate Lee Wallace believes the club should do everything in their power to keep him at the club beyond the current campaign, as he could help fire them back into the Champions League.
Rangers have not appeared in Europe’s premier competition since the 2010-11 campaign, where they were eliminated in the group-stage.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Wallace said: “We need to feed off his ambition and desire day in, day out to be the best we can, to get success back to this club and get the fans coming back here on Tuesday nights and listening to the Champions League music.
“Kenny’s had that in stages of his career and hopefully that can happen and his contract can be secured in the next few weeks and we can all move forward and keep winning games of football.
“It is hugely important we keep him. We’re going to do better as a club if Kenny Miller stays here.”
Miller has proven he can still be relied upon in front of goal, despite his advancing years, netting twice in the last 10 minutes to help Rangers stage a last-gasp comeback victory in the Scottish Cup meeting with Motherwell on Saturday.
He now has seven goals from 27 appearances this season in all competitions, taking his overall club tally to 104 goals from 258 games.
Football Insider verdict
Miller deserves a new deal at Rangers for his service to the club over the years alone. Whether or not he can be considered a first-team regular or a long-term asset, Miller has a great deal still to offer the club, and Mark Warburton should be looking to keep him onboard. He may not score goals in every game, but he will score the important goals. Meanwhile, his experience can be of great help to the younger faces, as well as in the hunt for European qualification. Miller wants to remain at Ibrox until he retires, and Rangers should grant him that.
In other Rangers transfer news, a reported Rangers source has hinted that one of Rangers’ star players could be sold this month.