Kenny Miller credits McCall for Hibernian victory, praises surprise change of formation

Kenny Miller

Rangers striker Kenny Miller hailed manager Stuart McCall after the 2-0 win over Hibernian.

Rangers striker Kenny Miller praised manager Stuart McCall during an interview with the club's official site, particularly lauding his decision to use a new formation against Hibernian.

Rangers went into Sunday's game against Hibs knowing that they needed to win to keep any hopes of a second place finish alive - and that's just what they got.

Despite Alan Stubbs' Hibs winning their last five games in a row, Rangers produced a superb performance to beat them 2-0 at Easter Road.

Goals from Lee Wallace and Miller himself gave Rangers fans an afternoon to remember in Edinburgh, and also handed new manager McCall his first win as Rangers boss at the third attempt.

After two successive draws in McCall's first two games in charge, the new boss was keen to stamp his authority on the team - and made a surprise tactical change ahead of facing Hibs.

McCall went with a 5-3-2 system, using Darren McGregor and Lee Wallace as wing backs and given Dean Shiels the license to roam behind Miller and Nicky Clark in attack.

It worked to perfection, with Rangers springing a surprise and beating Hibs - and Miller says that much of the credit must go to McCall for his change of formation.

"The manager was very, very clear in his instructions to everybody on the pitch," said Miller. "They knew what their job was and they knew what their direct opposition was. I thought the lads followed it to the letter and to the man it was a fantastic performance."

"There’s been a lot of uncertainty in the last few months and now the manager has come in and put his own stamp on the team. It’s a system we had seen at the start of the season but not for a while now, and it worked today."

"We’ve looked at other things in training too and it’s a fresh set of eyes on things. As I said he was really clear in his instructions to every player on the field," he added.

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