Smith - Give Miller a chance

Smith - Give Miller a chance

Rangers manager Walter Smith has urged Ibrox fans to give new signing Kenny Miller a chance in his second stint at the Govan club.

Miller, who played under Dick Advocaat at Rangers in 2000-01, also had a spell at rivals Celtic before he returned to Glasgow from Derby earlier this month.

Before the 28-year-old signed a three-year contract at Ibrox for a fee thought to be around £1.9m, a representative of the Rangers Supporters Trust claimed that the Scotland striker would be a “deeply unpopular” signing.

However, Smith is hoping the Light Blues fans reserve judgement on Miller.

The Ibrox boss said: “In terms of the reaction generated by Kenny’s arrival, I would ask everybody not to make judgements on previous situations and his previous time at Rangers.

“He is a far more experienced player now, and at the stage in his career where he will be able to use the experience he has.

“If he does that, I am sure he will be a big benefit to us, and if the supporters see that is the case, I am sure they will get over their misgivings.

“I hope that is the case anyway.”

Smith insists Miller’s time at Celtic Park is irrelevant.

“From my point of view that aspect doesn’t come in to it. I would hope those days are over now.

“What was important to me was that Kenny was a terrific team player, who could help us improve. We needed a bit better movement from the front players and he can supply that because he is a very willing runner.”

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