Charlie Miller: Lewis MacLeod should stay with Rangers

Former Rangers star Charlie Miller has told Lewis McLeod to ignore speculation over a transfer.

It may have been a tough few years for Rangers fans, but one hot prospect is a shining light for Ally McCoist's men - midfielder Lewis MacLeod.

MacLeod joined Rangers at the age of 10, and has made his way through the youth setup at Ibrox before becoming an integral part of McCoist's side.

Whilst only playing in the second division of Scottish football, MacLeod's displays have earned plenty of interest. The 20-year-old was handed a surprise call-up to the Scotland national team for their fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and England, but didn't feature for Gordon Strachan's Tartan Army.

With eight goals in just 20 games from midfield, MacLeod's reputation is growing by the week, and that has led to speculation over a possible move to England, with Aston Villa and Newcastle believed to be monitoring his progress ahead of a potential January swoop.

However, former Rangers midfielder Charlie Miller has told MacLeod to ignore the paper talk and stay grounded under McCoist at Ibrox.

"There is a lot of talk surrounding him, but it doesn't look like it is affecting him," said Miller. "It is just speculation, the wee man is still a Rangers player and hopefully he is for a long time.

"You have to play through that and just play through it. I would say to him to just keep his head down and keep working hard. He is at a great club and he has great facilities to train at. If he wants to improve, he is at the right place to do that and to work at his game."

"Coisty has given Lewis his chance and he has certainly taken it," Miller added. "Lewis has been excellent and long may that continue. He is proof that if you are good enough then you are old enough and you will play. There is no rush for him to move. I don't know if there have been any offers, but he has handled all the talk well."

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