Miller time for Rangers fans
Rangers’ striking legend Ally McCoist says present day hitman Kenny Miller has followed the example of Maurice Johnston in winning over the Ibrox faithful.
Like Johnston, Miller’s former allegiance to bitter cross-city rivals Celtic divided the Gers’ fans, but his last-gasp winner in Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup final has cemented his place in their affections.
Rangers fans chanted Miller’s name after his goal against St. Mirren at Hampden Park and McCoist, who partnered Johnston during Graeme Souness’s reign in Govan, says it is no more than he expected of the Light Blues’ followers.
“I'm delighted but it's not something that surprised me to be honest with you,” he said.
“I knew we were signing a good player, who would win fans over. When Maurice Johnston came to the club, there was an outburst like we had never seen before.
“He won the vast majority of the fans over by his ability to play football and his work. Fans, especially at Rangers, will accept you if you work hard.
“They know you are going to make mistakes and that sometimes things won't happen for you but they will accept you if you work your socks off.
“That's the one thing Kenny does, allied to great talent and pace and finishing.
“They were singing his name on Sunday and I thought it was great. It didn't surprise me but it was nice to hear.”
Rangers defied the odds to claim the first silverware of the season against the Buddies after being reduced to nine men at Hampden. They hope to take the next step towards a return to the national stadium when they travel to Dundee United in an Active Nation Scottish Cup round six replay.
Danny Wilson's dismissal on Sunday does not rule him out of tonight and McCoist insists he has no fears about throwing the teenager into the clash despite the trauma of a red card in his first cup final.
“I know where you are coming from,” he said. “But Danny is as adult an 18-year-old as you will get. I had a chat with him after the cup final and obviously he was a little bit disappointed, it's not an ideal cup final to start with at Rangers.
“He appreciated the most important thing was that the team won. He will learn by it.”