Derek Johnstone claims Caixinha should start Kenny Miller against St Johnstone - despite recent issues

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has been urged to start Kenny Miller against St Johnstone.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he wants to see Kenny Miller star for the Gers away at St Johnstone this evening.

Rangers return to league action tonight following the international break, as they travel to McDiarmid Park to take on St Johnstone as manager Caixinha looks for another positive result.

Last time out, Rangers beat Hamilton Academical 4-1 away from home to bounce back in style from losing 2-0 at home to Celtic – but one major talking point has emerged since the Hamilton game.

Rangers Manager Pedro Caixinha gives out his instructions to Kenny Miller during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox...

Caixinha took the decision to completely leave Kenny Miller out of the squad to face the Accies, leaving the veteran's Ibrox future in major doubt.

Miller, 37, is in his third spell with Rangers and has been something of a club hero over those stints with the club, and he hit 35 goals in his last two seasons before entering this campaign.

Miller hasn't quite been at his best so far, but fans were stunned when Caixinha demoted Miller to training with the Rangers Under-23's, seemingly signalling the end of his time at Ibrox – again.

However, Miller scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Morton over the international break, and Caixinha has hinted that Miller may already be back in the first-team fold.

Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates Rangers first goal during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29,...

Now, Rangers hero Derek Johnstone has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he thinks Caixinha has every right to make such decisions over his players, but feels that Miller should start against St Johnstone tonight, as Rangers need leadership in their side – something veteran Miller can provide.

“Pedro Caixinha has every right to pick his squad and pick his team as he sees fit and if Kenny Miller isn’t part of that, for whatever reason, then that is down to the manager,” said Johnstone. “But I would have no issue if Pedro decides that he wants to bring Kenny back into the team for the game with St Johnstone tonight. He didn’t feature against Hamilton last time out as we know and he was sent to play with the Under-20s down at Brentford. But Pedro has said again this week that there is no issue there. If that is the case, then hopefully we can all move on.”

“The one thing you get from Kenny is 100 per cent effort and fight and that is what Rangers need out of every player right now. I think there is definitely room for Kenny Miller in this team and he should be in the squad at McDiarmid Park. I would like to see him start. He is a very vocal presence on the park and he will get other players playing. Rangers need leadership and he is someone that leads by example,” he added.

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