Rangers must be alert to avoid "fairy-tale story"
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Rangers must be alert to avoid "fairy-tale story"

In order to halt Kenny Miller against Rangers for Dundee, the Gers back-line has to stay alert at all costs.

On paper, it’s a fixture that won’t bring many quakes of fear. But Rangers vs Dundee has a very interesting sub-plot that has to be taken into account.

It’s the first time Miller has returned to Ibrox since leaving unceremoniously in the summer. The forward has also just won an appeal against the club for unfair treatment last season.

Kenny Miller left Rangers after a falling out with the club’s hierarchy (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Therefore, there’s no denying tensions are high and relationships are rocky between Miller and those at the club. That’s exactly why Rangers have to be wary of the returning former Gers star on Saturday.

It wouldn’t be unlike Miller to make his mark against his former club, especially given the way everything ended.

When the Scottish international left Celtic and ultimately came back to Gers, he netted a bunch of goals in Old Firm games for the Ibrox side. There’s no denying it, Miller simply loves these kind of games.

The pantomime villain

Being the pantomime villain isn’t something he’s been used to throughout his career. The striker is a hugely respected figure in Scottish football, for both his talent and his fitness levels.

Rangers’ Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson have been gobbling up each and every test put in front of them. This will certainly be another.

It’s ironic that this will be a tough test considering Dundee have only scored two goals in five league games this season. Their signature has been failing to take their chances, but you have to imagine Miller will make a huge improvement in that regard.

Miller made his Dundee debut at home to Motherwell (David Young/Action plus via Getty Images)

The former Gers star netted 116 goals for the Ibrox side over three different spells at the club. He’s a prolific forward who can’t be given too much service or else he’ll cause real danger.

Rangers supporters don’t need reminded of his menacing presence in front of goal. But the likes of Goldson and Katic may need to be educated on it.

The stars are aligning for Miller to at least score a goal on Saturday, and therefore there needs to be an extra ruthlessness to the Gers at the back.

It’s also important for Gerrard’s side to simply get back on track. The defeat to Celtic is still fresh in the minds of supporters, and nothing less than three points is acceptable.

In order to achieve that, Miller has to be kept quiet.