Alex McLeish gives verdict on Kenny Miller's Rangers contract, makes Giggs comparison

Kenny Miller

Alex McLeish has compared Rangers veteran Kenny Miller to Ryan Giggs.

Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has told The Scottish Sun that he believes Kenny Miller can continue playing even in to his 40's.

Miller, 35, is currently in his third spell as a Rangers player, and having hit 80 goals in over 200 appearances for the club, the striker has become a firm fan favourite at Ibrox since first arriving at the club from Hibernian back in 2000.

Now in the twilight years of his career, Miller has taken a reduced role in the Rangers side this season, with manager Mark Warburton preferring to use the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Barrie McKay and Nathan Oduwa along his front line.

That led to some doubts over whether Miller would earn a new contract at Ibrox, given that his current deal was set to run out at the end of the season.

However, Rangers moved to lock Miller down for one more year earlier this week, meaning the former Scotland international is in line to end his career at Ibrox.

Now, one of his former Rangers mangers has moved to give his verdict on Miller's prolonged stay at Ibrox, with Alex McLeish speaking to The Scottish Sun about the matter.

McLeish says that he has been impressed with how Miller has matured over the years, and even compared him to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and Rangers hero David Weir, saying that Miller could even play in to his 40's yet.

"I can see Kenny playing into his 40s unless injury cuts him down. He still has a big part to play and, knowing him well, I’m sure he’ll be determined to go on as long as he can," said McLeish. "Like big Davie and Ryan Giggs, his enthusiasm and love for the game has never waned. If anything, it appears to be getting stronger. Kenny has a terrific attitude, has always looked after himself and is the perfect role model for aspiring kids.

"Kenny has matured greatly over the years. Like most players he was young and carefree at the start of his career so I didn’t see that in him.  But whenever I see him playing or speaking on TV these days, he is a top-class professional who conducts himself properly. He is very knowledgeable in terms of tactics and shape. He’s now helping out with the Under-20s at Rangers and is the perfect guy to learn the ropes under a good coaching team at Murray Park," he added.

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