The irony should not be lost on the Pedro Caixinha that Kenny Miller, the striker he froze out at Ibrox, could have gone some way to saving his job.
Caixinha was dismissed by Rangers after a nightmare week in which Rangers lost 2-0 to Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals before Kilmarnock snatched a late leveller at Ibrox on Wednesday – moments after Daniel Candeias had missed a penalty to put the hosts’ 2-0 up.
You wonder whether Rangers could be in a cup final with a further two points on the board, however, if Caixinha had not axed Miller from the squad.
While Eduardo Herrera made a positive impact when coming off the bench to replace the injured Graham Dorrans against Killie, winning the penalty late on and also playing a role in Jason Holt’s first-half opener, the Mexican was once again the subject of plenty of criticism on social media.
After all, fans expected more than two goals in 11 appearances for a striker the club paid £1.5 million for this summer, per the Daily Record – especially as he had worked with Caixinha before during a loan spell at Santos Laguna in 2013/14.
Miller’s wily poacher’s instinct, however, could have helped Rangers avoid dropping yet more points in midweek - and aided Caixinha in his fight to save his job.
The manager axed the 37-year-old from his squad to face Hamilton a month ago with the Daily Record claiming the manager was unhappy with Miller taking the armband when coming off the bench in September’s 2-0 defeat to Celtic.
Since then, Miller has not played a single game and the dispute is showing no signs of ending with Caixinha refusing to speak on the veteran’s future prior to the clash with Motherwell, per the BBC.
Though it must not be forgotten that Miller was the only Rangers player to hit double figures in the league last season. At 37, he is as clinical as ever and Herrera’s poor goalscoring return makes an unseemly row look even more damaging to Rangers.