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Rangers fighting to keep Kenny Miller

Rangers manager Walter Smith has not given up hope of keeping Kenny Miller at Ibrox.

It was yesterday reported that the Ibrox striker, who has scored 19 goals for the Light Blues this season, is set to leave the club in January after talks over a new contract broke down.

Miller is in the last year of his current deal and after more than nine months of talks an impasse has reportedly been reached, but the Rangers boss is still hopeful that an agreement can be struck.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Inverness in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Smith insisted he was determined to keep Miller as well as Allan McGregor.

The goalkeeper is reportedly stalling on signing a new-five-year deal amid confirmed interest from Aston Villa and reported attention from Manchester United.

“We are quite clear, we don't want to lose any player,” the former Scotland boss said.

“We are still in the process of re-negotiating a contract with him (Miller). We don't want to lose him, we don't want to lose Allan McGregor, we don't want to lose anybody, but we we just have to wait to see what happens.

“Kenny has played exceptionally well for us. His goals this season have been highlighted but he scored a good number of goals for us last year as well so is not a player that we would want to lose.”

Smith continued: “You have two different situations here. Kenny Miller is freedom of contract at the end of the year but Allan McGregor is not.

“We certainly hope we don't have to lose anybody in the transfer window but we just have to wait and see.”

After games against Dundee United and Hearts were postponed due to the poor weather, Smith is delighted that the game against Caley goes ahead.

While he believes there is little to be added to the calls for a winter break which have resurfaced during the cold snap which has decimated Scottish football, the former Everton boss offered his thoughts on the ongoing debate about league restructuring.

“We are happy that the game is on and we just hope the travelling conditions are good enough,” Smith said. “We are always in favour (of a winter break) after a week like we've just had and then it seems to die away.”

With Celtic's home game against Kilmarnock postponed, victory over Terry Butcher's side would take Rangers five points clear of their Old Firm rivals at the top of the table having played the same number of games.

However, after a fright against Caley in the 1-1 draw at Ibrox at the end of October, Smith is taking nothing for granted.

“It would be nice (to go five clear) but Inverness are playing well and we know the difficulties we face,” he said.

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