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Kenny Miller refuses to rule out another Ibrox return

Kenny Miller has not ruled out a return to Rangers but he fully expects to play for Vancouver Whitecaps next season.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has consistently expressed his desire to re-sign Miller, who is working on his rehabilitation from knee surgery at their Murray Park training ground.

But the 33-year-old, who is contracted to the Major League Soccer side for next season, said: "There is no other agenda other than getting back fit.

"I'm thankful they are letting me use the facilities and take up some of the physio's time."

When asked whether he might return to Rangers for a third spell, Miller said: "Who knows? It's one where there is an opportunity to do something, you then think about that opportunity.

"At the moment my main is to get this knee back fixed and get back training and then who knows what happens after that. But as it stands I don't think there will be anything I will be doing other than going back to Vancouver."

Miller hopes the surgery to repair tendon trouble can help him enjoy his third season in Canada.

"Because of niggling injuries, it was an interrupted season," Miller said. "When I was out there and playing it was a decent season and I enjoyed it.

"We went through a spell where we were playing some great stuff and I was scoring goals and I was fit and it was great.

"But it was frustrating because of niggling injuries and I was affected by the knee to be honest."

Meanwhile, Miller feels there are parallels between Gordon Strachan's effect on the national team and Walter Smith's previous rejuvenation of their fortunes.

Smith almost resurrected Scotland's fragile hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup when he replaced Berti Vogts and then set them on their way in the next campaign, which almost led to the Scots splitting Italy and France under Alex McLeish.

Strachan led Scotland to three victories from their last four qualifiers in their otherwise disappointing Brazil 2014 campaign after Craig Levein's departure, and two clean sheets in friendlies against the United States and Norway in the past week have fuelled optimism ahead of the 2016 European Championship qualifiers.

Miller, who retired from international football in August, said: "There are a lot of similarities in the response they have got from players and the upturn in fortunes, and so quickly.

"The lads are responding really, really well. Sometimes people just have an effect on players."

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