Rangers striker Kenny Miller is important to Warburton, claims Kris Boyd

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Former Rangers striker Boyd has explained Kenny Miller’s importance to Mark Warburton.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has explained why Kenny Miller is still important to the Gers, despite Mark Warburton building a side built around youth.

Boyd, who left Ibrox over the summer, said: “If you look at how Rangers are at this moment in time, with a lot of youngsters involved in the set-up, he’s [Miller] one that will drive them on. He’ll lead them, he’ll help the manager, and he’ll do as much as he possibly can on the pitch to push the youngsters to the max and get the best out of them.”

Miller was one of few senior Rangers players to survive the cull that Warburton oversaw when he took charge at Ibrox over the summer, with Boyd one of a number of players who left the Gers.

Miller, now 35, has found his playing time limited this season due to Warburton’s new squad structure, and he is playing the tole of back-up striker to the free-scoring Martyn Waghorn.

However, the veteran has still netted five goals in 13 games across all competitions, and has shown he has a role to play this season, even if it is only as a back-up.

Whilst his playing time has been limited this term, Boyd believes that Miller is having an impact greater than just on the field of play, with his experience, mentality and leadership helping Warburton build his young side into a successful one.

Miller’s impact as a player might be waning, and it is hard to see how long he can remain with the Gers as a first-team player, but it appears as if he is now playing a role under Warburton which suggests that the 35-year-old could go on to join his backroom staff in the coming years, when he finally decides to hang up his boots.

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