Jonatan Johansson explains why Kenny Miller will be so important for Rangers next season

Rangers' Lee Wallace and teammates celebrate winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

The 36-year-old was an important part of Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side this past season.

Rangers' Kenny Miller

Jonatan Johansson has explained that Kenny Miller's experience will be vital to Rangers' chances of success in the Scottish Premiership next season, the Evening Times reports.

The veteran forward may be entering the twilight of his career, but he was still able to play a key role for Mark Warburton's side this past campaign. 

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew in action with Rangers' Kenny Miller

His 12 league goals helped the Light Blues to the Scottish Championship title, and Johansson believes that he will have a similarly important role to play during the Gers' first season back in the Scottish Premiership.

"It will be different for the squad next season but they have had a season of playing under the pressure you are at Rangers and they know what to expect. The demands from the supporters have always been high on Rangers players," he told the Evening Times.

"It is important to have experienced players in the team and there isn’t anyone there more experienced than Kenny. He has played in the Scottish top league, he has played in England and abroad and he has played for the national team.

"To have someone like him in the squad is very important, especially when there are new players coming into the team and they are playing for Rangers for the first time. He will be someone to look up to and learn from."

Kenny Miller scores the first goal for Rangers

While Warburton has brought Joey Barton to Ibrox this summer, the squad still has a very youthful look to it. And while that will allow the manager to keep one eye on the future, it is the knowledge that Miller, Barton and Lee Wallace share that will help the team cope with the demands of playing at the highest level.

The 36-year-old has bags of experience in the top flight, so will not only be able to prepare the team for what to expect when the new season begins, but he can also help the younger players make the decisions that will allow them to enjoy the same kind of longevity that he continues to enjoy. 

And while some may expect his age to mean that his biggest influence would be off the pitch, the former Scotland international will surely be desperate to prove that he still has the ability to make an impact on the pitch also. 

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