Gary McAllister: Why Rangers should keep Kenny Miller

Ex-Leeds boss McAllister is keen to see Rangers keep ahold of Kenny Miller next season.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, former Scotland midfielder McAllister suggested that Miller should stay at Rangers, as he has changed his game enough to still be of use, despite his advancing age.

The ex-Leeds manager said: “Okay, it’s not the young Kenny Miller we used to see running up the channels and chasing everything down. As he’s got older and wiser he’s changed his game. Also, from what I know of Kenny, he’s a good fellow in terms of standards.

“It could be good to keep good professionals in and around a younger squad. There are going to be plenty of challenges ahead for Rangers and you need experience in and around the place.”

Miller, now 35, has been a consistent fixture in team selections this term, despite his troubles in front of goal. In 38 games he has found the back of the net just eight times, but he has been invaluable in seeing games out when under pressure.

He is the perfect player to have around this season, as the Gers look to traverse the play-offs, as he has experience of winning promotions in these situations.

His contract is up at the end of this season, but the same article states that he has played enough games to trigger an extension clause in his contract, giving him an automatic one-year deal for next season.

It is hard to say that Miller does not deserve the deal, but it will be interesting to see if the ageing forward can have an impact next term, should the club win promotion.

There is no doubt that he is a talented footballer, but when the club look to establish themselves as a Premiership team next season, they may need a squad of youth and energy to keep their status in the top flight - rather than an ageing striker who struggles to score goals.

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