It’s been five months since Kenny Miller has been anywhere near the Rangers first team.
The former Ibrox hitman left the club under a dark cloud following an infamous bust-up with Graeme Murty.
Today, he returns to Ibrox with new side Dundee and there are mixed feelings amongst the fans as to how he should be received.
However, Steven Gerrard is in no doubts. He believes the striker deserves a hero’s welcome on his return to the club he scored over 100 goals for.
“I hope he is appreciated tomorrow, I do,’ said Gerrard. ‘I’m pleased for Kenny and Lee that the scenario is sorted and dealt with, and also for the club. For me, walking into it and being asked about it wasn’t comfortable. I’m just pleased everyone has moved on from it and we can talk about football and football players.
“He will be desperate to score tomorrow. He will be desperate to play well and win. For him, I hope he gets a wonderful reception. I think he deserves it.”
Hardworking with a tendency to score in big games
Miller was a focal point for this Rangers team for so long. The hardworking forward ran himself into the ground so many times for the club and scored some pretty important goals.
Remember his header against St. Mirren in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final? Rangers only had 9 men.
He won five major titles with the club and made over 300 appearances for club, scoring just over 100 goals.
Kenny Miller also loved a goal against Celtic. He scored nine in total. But it’s a combination of his playing days with our rivals, his attitude towards the end of his career and the Murty bust-up which has some fans turned off.
Up and down final few years at Ibrox
Miller once scored against Rangers in an Old Firm and celebrated wildly. A particularly sore one to take.
He was also an outspoken presence at the club during the reigns of the three previous managers. Warburton, Caixinha and Murty all experienced Miller’s wrath at the striker fizzed with poor performances and dodgy tactics.
In undermining the manager, Miller also undermined the team.
But there can be no doubting his passion and influence. Miller stood up at times when we needed him most and played a huge part of Walter Smith and Ally McCoist’s three in a row. It’s important even the most suspicious of fans remember this.
How his time ended at the club is shrouded in mystery, and many fans retain their reservations.
Will Rangers fans follow Gerrard’s lead at 3pm today? We’ll have to wait and see.