The big side-story of Kenny Miller vs Rangers is going to be the talk of today’s game, and it’s something Rangers could do without.
Indeed, Dundee face Rangers without many recognisable threats in their squad. Jim McIntyre just recorded his first win with the Dee against Hamilton in mid-week. It’s been a tough period for the new Dundee boss, with just one win in six games since taking over.
The hero of the day against Accies was none other than Miller, who bagged himself a hat-trick. Those goals made it goals number three, four, and five for his stint with the relegation candidates.
Make no mistake, however, Miller is going to be a real threat that Rangers need to keep an eye on closely. Whilst he struggled to perform at Ibrox earlier on this season, the tight pitch at Dens is going to suit him nicely.
The whole idea of a fairytale return to haunt his former side can’t be ignored. It’s an idea Rangers could be doing without as they look to rectify their 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox in mid-week.
A highly experienced and deadly figure
Of course, Miller spent three different spells at Ibrox between 2000 and 2018. Overall, the veteran managed to make a mightily impressive 260 appearances during that spell and bagged 116 goals for Rangers.
This record should’ve meant his place in Rangers’ history was secured. It probably is, but some supporters are still bitter about the manner in which he left the club.
Miller was suspended by Rangers after he and Lee Wallace had an altercation with other members of the dressing room last season. This revolved around a dreadful Scottish Cup performance against Celtic. He then left the club in the summer to end his career elsewhere.
It was an unfitting end to what was a seriously heroic Rangers career. Nobody will be more fired-up for today’s clash than him as he looks to prove Rangers wrong in letting him go.
The Rangers defence need to keep their eyes firmly fixed on the experienced veteran. He’ll look to ghost in behind the back-line and catch them out. If Connor Goldson and Gareth McAuley (or whoever partners the Englishman today) aren’t on point, Miller will punish them.
It’s a big back-story that Rangers could do without as they simply look to win this afternoon. It isn’t one, however, that they can ignore.