Three reasons why Kenny Miller can lead Rangers to the league title

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Top goalscorer Martyn Waghorn faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Rangers should still be able to win the Scottish Championship title.

 

When Martyn Waghorn was sidelined by injury last week, Rangers supporters must have felt dejected after potentially losing their top goalscorer for the rest of the season, but Kenny Miller suggested on Sunday that he can fill the void left by the 28-goal hitman.

 

Miller had gone off the boil in recent weeks, but his stunning 25-yard volley into the top corner earned Rangers a narrow 1-0 victory away to Queen of the South, a result which kept the Glasgow giants eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship table.

 

The title race is far from over with promotion rivals Hibernian still having to host Rangers at Easter Road as well as possessing a game in hand, but here are three reasons why we think that Miller can play a pivotal part in getting his team over the finishing line.

 

1) Experience

 

On Tuesday, boss Mark Warburton spoke about Miller's influence on the younger players at Ibrox, but his experience of taking part in previous title races in Scotland should prove invaluable to pretty much anyone in the squad.

 

When Warburton arrived last summer, he blended English Football League players and young prospects on loan with the Scottish contingent that were already present in the squad, but no-one can match Miller for the varying environments that he has played in or trophies that he has won.

 

Rangers have lost their talisman for the foreseeable future, but while goals may prove a little tougher to come by, they have a calming figure in their vice-captain who can ensure that they cope with the pressure that could come their way.

 

2) Point to prove

 

At 36, Miller is realistically in the latter stages of his playing career, but the man himself will probably beg to differ. He has surpassed 700 appearances for club and country but that has not taken away his desire to end his playing days on top.

 

When he watched the ball dip into the top corner last weekend, you could see what the goal meant to him. It released the shackles after going five games without hitting the back of the net and he knew the significance of his side moving closer to an important win.

 

If he can stay fit, Rangers could see the best of Miller over the next two months as he strives to win himself another 12-month contract.

 

3) Desire to avoid more playoff misery

 

Miller has won four league titles, one promotion and three cup competitions during his career but failing to progress through the Scottish Championship playoffs last year would have hurt.

 

The pressure was on for Rangers to secure their return to the top flight, but their 6-1 hammering over two legs against Motherwell brought the club crashing back down to earth.

 

It was perhaps a blessing in disguise as they were able to rebuild under Warburton, but both Rangers and Miller cannot afford another season at the second tier. They need to get the job done during the regular season to avoid a nervy few weeks in the playoffs.

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