Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Miller’s making a case for Kyle at Rangers

Kyle Lafferty

Northern Ireland international striker Kyle Lafferty will be a key figure for Rangers next season as they bid to once again retain their SPL crown.

That’s the view of Kenny Miller, the man who is likely to be starring alongside the Fermanagh man for the Gers tilt at a third successive title.

Top goalscorer Kris Boyd has yet to agree a new deal at Ibrox and has been linked with a move to Birmingham to join old boss Alex McLeish.

That could pave the way for Miller's recent link-up with Lafferty to become more permanent and the Scotland international believes that it is a partnership that can thrive if Lafferty can keep up his recent good form.

The former Burnley man has had to deal with a lot of negative headlines since moving north of the border but Miller is putting a lot of that down to naivety and feels he will learn from the adverse publicity.

“I'm sure he will say he hasn't done too much different, but he has managed to put a couple of chances away and it gives him a little bit of confidence and gets a few people off his back,” said Miller.

“He has come up with some big goals for us in the last few weeks. That's what he is there to do and that's the thing he has maybe been missing in the first six months of the season.

“He has put three or four good performances in and scored big goals for us to help us retain the league.

“He's had a hard time and probably unfairly a lot of the time he has been getting a lot of stick. A lot of it has not been directed at his football, it's been off-field problems as well.

“He is a young lad and I'm sure this will be a learning curve for him and he'll know what to do to make the right headlines next year. He has made a good start to that at the end of this season.”

Miller meanwhile, has told club bosses they must sanction the arrival of new players over the summer and give Rangers a badly-needed boost.

The striker is well aware several of his team-mates are out of contract at the end of the campaign and, with financial uncertainty still hanging over the club, could be on their way out of Ibrox.

He said: “There are six lads who are out of contract so they are going to have to be replaced first and foremost.

“There are going to have to be some new players coming in from somewhere. Whether those lads leave or not, we are still going to need players to freshen it up and give the place a lift. New players always bring a lift to a place and we've not had that for a while.

“We want to give a better account of ourselves in the Champions League, we want to get off to a strong start in trying to retain the title and new players will help that.”

Miller yesterday urged fans to sign up and follow the champions next season after Rangers confirmed a freeze on all adult, juvenile and concession season ticket prices for 2010-11.

Asked why supporters should spend their hard-earned cash to watch Rangers next term amid all the off-field issues, Miller said: “There will be a team out there playing at Ibrox next year trying to retain the title.

“In terms of what else is going on at the club, as players, we are just the same. We don't know what is going on either so we've just got to get on with our jobs.

“We'd like to know what's going on off the field, if the management are still going to be here and things, but it's something we can't control and we've just got to wait and see what happens like everybody else.”

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