Rob Kiernan hails fantastic Rangers teammate Kenny Miller

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Rob Kiernan reserves special praise for Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay as Rangers close in on a Scottish Premiership return.

Rob Kiernan has admitted to The Glasgow Evening Times that it is "crazy" how Rangers striker Kenny Miller is still so hungry to score goals despite his career winding down.

At 36, the legendary Miller is very much in the twilight of his football career, though that clearly has not stopped him scoring goals as the talismanic Scot sits on 16 for the season.

His contribution has taken Gers to the brink of promotion into the Scottish Premiership - potentially their first top-flight season since being demoted to the fourth tier in 2012.

As a result, 21-year-old defender Kiernan is astonished by his teammate's seemingly non-perishable nous of goalscoring, and also highlights Barrie McKay for his "brilliance" throughout the campaign.

“They’ve been fantastic. I walked in for the first day of training and I saw Kenny Miller’s appetite for the game, it’s crazy for his age and for what he’s done," he is quoted as telling The Glasgow Evening Times. “He’s a credit to all of us and he’s someone we greatly respect in our dressing room, and the same with Baz.

“He’s been brilliant and I think he’s got better and better as the season has gone on. He’s so sharp and he’s such a threat going forward, I wouldn’t like to be defending against him! So he’s been brilliant and I think he’ll only get stronger.

“Definitely, you have to learn from people like Kenny. He’s played at the highest level and I always try and learn bits and bobs from everyone. Everyone has come from different backgrounds, players from different clubs, but Kenny’s played at the highest level so you have to learn from him.”

 

With a 14-point cushion at the summit of the Scottish Championship, victory away to Raith Rovers on Saturday, coupled with a Hibernian slip-up at St Mirren, would see Mark Warburton's boys promoted - and crowned champions.

 

Even if that does materialise, they cannot afford to take it easy for the remainder of the campaign as a Scottish Cup semi-final with Old Firm enemies Celtic at looms large on April 17.

 

Miller has not yet scored in that competition but, given his experience on the big stage versus the Hoops, few would back against him opening his account at Hampden Park next month.

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