Leeds United fan James Tavernier compares Gers team-mate Kenny Miller to Alan Smith

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James Tavernier has compared Kenny Miller to Alan Smith, having watched the latter as a Leeds season ticket holder.

Former Leeds youngster and season ticket holder James Tavernier has compared Rangers striker Kenny Miller to Alan Smith whilst speaking to The Scotsman.

Rangers made it ten goals in their last two games, as having beaten Hibernian 4-2 on Monday afternoon, they then hammed Dumbarton 6-0 on Saturday.

The hero of the day was, without doubt, striker Kenny Miller. The 36-year-old bagged a superb hat-trick, taking his tally to ten goals in 20 games this season despite being in the dying embers of his career.

Miller will be hoping to fire Rangers to promotion this season, and he has now been praised by his Ibrox team-mate James Tavernier.

The right back, who also scored against Dumbarton, grew up supporting Leeds United, and had a season ticket at Elland Road, meaning he got to see some top players during their Premier League days.

Also a former Leeds youth player, Tavernier has now praised Miller by comparing him to former Leeds striker Alan Smith, who was something of an Elland Road hero before leaving for Manchester United upon Leeds' relegation to the Championship in 2004.

Speaking to The Scotsman, Tavernier says Miller reminds him of Smith, who he played with at Milton Keynes Dons, stating that they both have the same mindset, which has enabled them to playing well into their 30's.

"When I was at MK Dons I played with Alan Smith and you learn a lot from guys like that, no matter how high they’ve played," said Tavernier. "It was a great experience playing with Alan and it’s the same with Kenny."

"I was a season ticket holder at Leeds United and watched Alan Smith as a kid. Then he went to Manchester United and Newcastle United. He had the same head – always wanted to win and be No 1 in training. That is the kind of mentality you want – never accepting defeat and work hard every day to push yourself to the limit. Alan Smith had that and Kenny Miller has got that as well. That’s the reason they are both playing now because they both have the hunger and desire to be the best and try and do well for the team," he added.

35-year-old Smith is currently a player-coach at Notts County, and has moved from being a striker to a defensive midfielder over the years - but it's hard to see goal poacher Miller doing something similar.

That veteran presence from Miller though is evident, and will no doubt help a player like Tavernier grow and develop over the coming years - just as Smith did at MK Dons.

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