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Veteran Miller is 100 not out as Rangers climb table

Inverness CT 0 Rangers 1

By Andy Newport

Kenny Miller grabbed his 100th Rangers goal as Mark Warburton's men ground out a welcome 1-0 victory over Inverness in the Highlands.

The Ibrox side were looking to build some momentum ahead of next weekend's Betfred Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic.

And Miller's landmark strike ensured they will head into the Hampden clash on the back of three points, which sees them move up to third for one day at least.

Caley Thistle were looking to build on the five-game unbeaten run which landed boss Richie Foran September's manager of the month award and move into the top six - but defeat leaves them stranded in eighth place.

Warburton brought Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill in for Philippe Senderos and the injured Danny Wilson.

There was confusion inside the Gers box just three minutes in as Losana Doumbouya was left to get on the end of Greg Tansey's free-kick just 10 yards out before heading over.

That was a brief scare for the visitors but the energy and tempo of the Ibrox men was just what Warburton was looking for.

As his side quickly established a foothold, Martyn Waghorn drove into the box but could not muster the power required.

The striker put more into his next effort as he pulled the trigger from 30 yards out. His strike failed to dip in time, though.

But the Gers did grab a deserved breakthrough after 22 minutes. Lee Wallace's pace took him into space down the left and his cross was met by Miller, who slammed his volley home.

Waghorn thought he had added a second soon after. Replays, though, proved Owain Fon William had produced a reflex save.

The Highlanders stopper was again well placed to keep out Miller just after the break, while Niko Kranjcar could not produce a finish to match his driving surge.

Andy Doran had a chance with 17 minutes remaining when Liam Polworth sent him scampering into the box. His tame shot trickled past Wes Foderingham but did not have the legs to beat Hill on the line.

Meanwhile, Joey Barton's Hampden hearing over alleged betting offences has been put back to November 17.

The Rangers midfielder was originally due to face a Scottish Football Association judicial panel on October 27 but it is understood he asked for extra time to prepare his case this week.

The former Newcastle player had been given until Wednesday this week to respond but the SFA have confirmed the hearing date has been changed.

The suspended Rangers player was charged with placing 44 bets on games between July 1 and September 15 this year. SFA rules ban players from betting on any football match in the world.

Inverness CT: Fon Williams, Raven, Warren, McKay, Tremarco, Tansey, Vigurs (Cogan 68), Polworth, Draper, King (Mulraney 68), Doumbouya (Fisher 79). Subs not used: Horner, Boden, Cole, Mackay

Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, Hill, Kiernan, Wallace, Halliday, Kranjcar (Windass 75), Holt, McKay (Garner 70), Waghorn (Dodoo 70), Miller.

Subs not used: Forrester, Hodson, Senderos, Gilks

Goal: Miller

Referee: William Collum

Attendance: 7,012

Man of the match: Miller

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