Caixinha should snub 22-yr-old: Three things we learned about Rangers in win v St Johnstone
By Matt Bullin
Football Insider analyses the three hottest talking points from Rangers’ 2-1 win against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.
Miller is key man
Rangers looked short of ideas in the first half until Miller popped up with the opener. Despite being 37-years-of-age he is still one of Caixinha’s best players and most reliable performers. In a team stubbed with youth and inexperience Miller is one of the few who have performed week in, week out for the Gers. He finished the season with 14 goals in all competitions and his finish against St Johnstone was typically assured.
Still a long way to go to catch Celtic
Rangers got the three points at McDiarmid Park but it was not a good performance by any means – they just got the job done. The hosts were the better side for large parts of the game and debutant goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was called into action several times. If Rangers are to match the Hoops next term, they need heavy investment and their young players to step up. Having a reliance on youth is fine, but the players have to be good enough and on Sunday’s evidence the majority of the Gers’ group are not.
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The Arsenal loanee has been hit and miss with his performances since arriving at Ibrox, his return of three goals in 15 games emphasises that. At times he looked the real deal against St Johnstone, and he scored his goal in fine style, but he missed several simple chances and often gave the ball away too easily. It is doubtful that Caixinha will want him back next season, and after failing to impress, the Gunners will likely send him elsewhere again next term. The 22-year-old is not a player Rangers need and the club should reject the opportunity to take him on loan again.
In other Rangers news, this 24-year-old star has given a damning verdict of his club’s season.