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My special bond with Kenny Miller helping Rangers flourish, says Joe Dodoo

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By Andy Newport

Joe Dodoo revealed his connection with Kenny Miller, based on their aversion to losing, helped Rangers to victory against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

The 21-year-old forward came off the bench for Joe Garner on the hour mark as the Light Blues struggled and when they fell behind to a Kris Doolan goal after 76 minutes, it looked like the Jags would get their first win over the Ibrox club since 1993.

However, 36-year-old Miller was the provider twice as he set up Dodoo for his 81st-minute leveller and the even more dramatic winner in the fourth minute of added time to take Mark Warburton's men above Aberdeen and into second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

"Kenny and I both hate losing and even in training we always have to win every game - and we always do," Dodoo said. "It is great to play with Kenny, he knows my movement and he gave me some fantastic passes.

"I know what Kenny is going to do and for the first goal, for him to give me that kind of ball was fantastic vision from him.

"To strike it first time was the only way I was going to score because if I took a touch the defender was going to close me down. I saw I had to take a shot, and thankfully it went in.

"It was great, we needed the three points."

Dodoo has started only twice since signing from Leicester in the summer and is desperate not to be tagged a super sub as he looks forward to the match against Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.

He said: "It can become a regular thing for me to be on the bench and come on and make an impact. You have to take your chance and I am happy to do it.

"You have to be prepared and train hard and make sure when the chance comes you take it."

Thistle defender Adam Barton was "absolutely gutted" by the defeat which left the Maryhill club bottom of the table.

He said: "Everything we worked on in training we did. They are good players, so they are going to be effective but to keep them at bay as long as we did, credit to the lads."

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