Mark Warburton has a fractured relationship with Rangers fans after leaving Ibrox under a cloud, and he’s suddenly got very vocal about his former club in the run-up to the huge Old Firm clash at Ibrox on Sunday.
To be fair to Warburton he’s obviously supporting Rangers but he thinks that Celtic will go in as the favourites.
And, talking in the Scottish Sun, Warburton has claimed that Kenny Miller is Ranger’s biggest weapon against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side.
“I actually think Kenny could be the most powerful weapon for Graeme Murty,” Warburton said.
“Kenny can play a vital role for Sunday’s game, the rest of the campaign and the seasons ahead.”
This is all well and good. Kenny Miller is Rangers through-and-through, and there’s no doubt that he can be a positive influence in the dressing room.
But Murty’s most powerful weapon?
That’s doing a massive disservice to the players that Murty has galvanised and got within a whisker of Celtic at the top of the Premiership, despite inheriting a mess from former manager Pedro Caixinha.
Miller has scored twice in 16 Premiership games this season.
New striker Alfredo Morelos has scored 13 in 27 and is a man on fire at the moment.
Behind him you’ve got players like Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss, both new Murty men.
And, as an impact player from the bench, you’ve got Jason Cummings, who just fired in a hat-trick for his new side.
Let’s be clear here. If Rangers are going to beat Celtic on Sunday – and they absolutely could – it’s going to be the 11 men on the pitch who do the business.
And Kenny Miller is not going to be one of them.
If anyone is Murty’s most powerful weapon in the Ibrox clash, it’s Morelos.
Warburton’s comments won’t win him back any favours with the Rangers supporters and prove that he’s out of touch with the shift at the top of Scottish football.
Rangers have a potent team and putting Miller ahead of all of them is just plain daft.