Rangers striker Kenny Miller has seen himself utilised as an impact player during the Ibrox outfit's impressive start to the season, coming off the bench to score three goals in two games.
The former Scotland international grabbed a double as a substitute in the remarkable 6-2 win at Easter Road three weeks ago then netted the clinching third goal to see off Peterhead in the League Cup a week later, again coming off the bench.
However, despite being in the twilight years of his career, the veteran striker is unhappy with his role as ‘super sub’ and is determined to see regular first-team against as the Light Blues challenge to reaffirm their Scottish Premiership status.
As suggested by quotes published by the Evening Standard, he is not content with his recent bit-part contribution from the bench.
“Anyone who knows me knows that playing bit-part roles is not going to suit me."
“I have missed a few weeks pre-season with a little injury so I have been playing a bit of catch-up. But I have come off the bench and I have definitely contributed."
“I feel I should be starting games. I feel I’m good enough to be doing that. I certainly don’t want to become the super sub. That’s not a role I want to be taking.”
Newly appointed manager Mark Warburton likes to play two wide players and a centre forward up front, which has seen Miller operating on the left flank this term. He continued by discussing this new role:
“I have found myself in a different role in the two games I have come on in by playing on the left."
“But it’s a role I have enjoyed; although it obviously helps if you are getting in among the goals and the team is playing the way it is playing because you feel there will be a lot of chances."
With three goals in just 60 minutes of cup action this term, it is fair to say Miller has made the most of said chances.
Understandably, a player of his reputation and previous experience is unhappy with a bit-part role at Rangers. However, if his scoring form continues with his appearances off the bench, this may be something that he will just have to grow accustomed to.