Former Rangers star hints at potential retirement after surprise release
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Former Rangers star hints at potential retirement after surprise release

Speaking on BBC Sportsound on Friday evening, former Rangers striker Kenny Miller has hinted at retirement following his surprise release from Partick Thistle.

The 40-year-old had played a key role for the Jags over the first part of the campaign, regularly leading the line and scoring ten times in 32 appearances.

Former Rangers sriker Miller has been released by Partick Thistle and is contemplating retirement. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, the club announced on Thursday that he had been released from his contract with immediate effect, with the manager, Ian McCall, subsequently explaining he was looking long-term and that after the arrivals of both Zak Rudden and Brian Graham, that Miller wouldn’t have a role to play. 

The veteran hasn’t yet made a decision, but he’s said it could well be the end of the road.

“Aye, I’m definitely thinking about it,” said Miller on BBC Sportsound, when asked if he was considering hanging up his boots. “I wouldn’t say I’m actively looking for another club.”

“Am I ready to retire [mentally]? Not at all. I had a good honest chat with Ian [McCall] this week which ended up in me leaving Partick Thistle, but I wasn’t ready.

“To think that I’ve played my last game or scored my last goal is a bit daunting to be honest, but it’s given me the chance to sit back, reflect and assess what the next move is. Physically, I do feel able.

“I wasn’t for leaving, I was up for the fight and looking forward to the second half of the season. But, football throws up funny old things and now I’ve got a chance to look at doing other things or if the right opportunity comes up I would definitely listen.”

The former Scotland striker scored his first professional goal in the 1990s. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Verdict

It seems clear that Miller is very much conflicted in his thoughts over his future.

He says he’s ‘definitely’ considering retirement, but it seems as though it’s a thought he’s been pushed towards by circumstances rather than physical limitations.

He scored against Dundee United just a fortnight ago and although he had squandered a couple of good opportunities earlier in the game, he was full of running and endeavour throughout, suggesting his comments on his condition aren’t just bravado.

There’s every chance that he will receive offers in the coming weeks, particularly from clubs lower down the SPFL system, but he would be right to reflect long and hard before making his next move.

After over 20 years in professional football and 12 different clubs, will he opt for one last challenge, a permanent move into coaching, or a step back to further his work in the media?