Former Rangers star Kenny Miller has claimed he almost signed for Serie A giants Fiorentina in 2011 as he prepared to leave Rangers for the second time – only for the move to collapse at the last minute.

Miller quit the Gers to instead head for Turkey and an ill-fated spell with Bursaspor before eventually making his way back to Ibrox for a third, and final, stint as a player.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 29: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates Rangers first goal during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The striker caught the attention of Italian clubs after starring for Scotland against Italy in 2006 and giving Italian icon Fabio Cannavaro nightmares at Hampden – with another ex-Ger also having a role in his potential move to Florence.

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“That Italy game for me was massive, that led to actual interest in Italy from Roma,” Miller told Si Ferry’s Open Goal.

“There was an opportunity, it never came to fruition but there was some talk. There was some real talk between my representatives and them.

“These kinds of games, at that level, can really put you on a lot of people’s radar.

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“I had another opportunity to go to Fiorentina when I was leaving Rangers on a free in 2011, and it fell down at the last minute.

“Amo (Lorenzo Amoruso) was actually doing some work for them at the time, I spoke to him and pretty much everything had been agreed.”

Miller hung up his boots last month and has headed for Australia to take up a role as technical director with A-League side Newcastle Jets.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Kenny Miller of Rangers talks with Rangers majority share holder Dave King is seen during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The former striker’s style might actually have suited a spell in Italian football and it would have been interesting to see how he fared in Serie A.

Instead, he had to settle for stints in Turkey, Wales and Canada after leaving Ibrox in 2011 before making his way back to Rangers in 2014.

 

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