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Neil Lennon happy to bid Kenny Miller a fond farewell

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has welcomed the news of Kenny Miller's departure from Rangers.

Miller's 22 goals for Walter Smith's side this season have kept Rangers neck and neck with the Hoops at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

However, Celtic's title chances appeared to be boosted when the former Parkhead striker agreed to move to Bursaspor in Turkey for a reported fee of £400,000 and wages of £50,000 per week.

Ahead of the visit of Aberdeen in the SPL today, Celtic boss Lennon recognised the worth of Miller to his Old Firm rivals — but insists Rangers still have the firepower to ensure the title race goes all the way.

“He has scored 22 goals so I'm glad to see the back of him really,” the former Northern Ireland international said.

“He's been a big player for Rangers this season and last season as well.

“Finances dictate that Kenny wants to go and try a different culture and good luck to him.

“I don't think it will have a massive effect on what we are trying to do.

“If Rangers can spend the money, then Walter is pretty shrewd in the market so we have to be aware of that.

“And they still have Lafferty, Jelavic, Beattie, Weiss, Davis, McCulloch and Naismith, all candidates for scoring goals.

“The proof of the pudding will be how big a dent it is to what Rangers are trying to do.

“But he has been a big player for them, no doubt about that.

“He has scored important goals for them this season and they might miss that.”

Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley was more cautious when asked about Miller's departure but admitted that it could be good news for the Parkhead club's title hopes.

“It's nothing to do with us, it's to do with Rangers,” Ledley said.

“We don't want to concentrate on Rangers, we want to concentrate on Celtic.

“But he has been a great player for them and maybe it's a positive for us.

“Maybe (it will give us the advantage) but we will have to wait and see.

“There is still time for them to bring in another striker.”

Celtic are two points ahead of the defending champions, having played two games more, and seven ahead of Hearts who take on the Light Blues at Tynecastle in the luncthime kick-off.

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