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Miller happy to see Mac in charge for Old Firm clash

Rangers striker Kenny Miller has backed referee Dougie McDonald to handle the pressure in tomorrow's Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

The match officials are set to be under even more scrutiny than usual after an unknown Celtic source claimed the club were frustrated with major decisions they believe had gone against them this season — including in the last two matches against Rangers.

However, McDonald has plenty of experience of officiating the famous fixture in the past and Miller has no fears about his performance in the crucial clash.

He said: “The referees are professional, they have probably seen it all before with complaints and stuff.

“We've got a good man in the middle there in Dougie and I read somewhere that it was his fifth Old Firm game so he knows what it's about.

“I'm sure he will be ready and he will be prepared for the game as normal.”

Responding to the Celtic source's comments, the striker added: “If that's the road they want to go down, that's fine, but I don't want to comment too much on that.

“What I would say is, I'm sure everybody could complain about decisions.

“They feel they've got a case and that's fine.

“We will just be firmly focused on the game and making that big step towards retaining the title.”

Celtic have also expressed concerns about offside decisions given against loan signing Robbie Keane, who has been flagged seven times in five games since arriving at Parkhead in January.

Miller was keen to point out he has also been the victim of dubious decisions in the past but acknowledged how difficult a referee's job is.

He added: “I'm probably one of the biggest moaners at referees and, personally, I've had a lot of decisions against me that I feel were wrong.

“But you just have to get on with it, it's part and parcel of football.

“It's a hard job the referees and linesmen have got, they have to make a decision in a split second, which is probably the hardest thing in the world to do.”

If the Gers overcome Celtic tomorrow boss Walter Smith will equal the tally of 26 Old Firm wins set by former Ibrox chief Scot Symon and Parkhead legend Jock Stein.

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