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Rangers preparing for Kenny Miller's transfer

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Walter Smith is bracing himself for more departures before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

So far Smith has lost half a dozen of his first team squad with just two of them- Kevin Thomson and Danny Wilson- bringing in a transfer fee.

Yesterday’s goalscorers against St Johnstone, Sasa Papac and Kenny Miller, are in the final season of their contracts and are free to quit Ibrox at the end of the season.

Conflicting stories constantly emerge from Rangers about who is in control with the activities over the next three days likely to paint a clearer picture of whether the football club or bankers are calling the shots.

“We’re not in the position where we need to sell anybody,” Smith claimed.

“Since the start of the season both Thomson and Wilson have left us but not by necessity.

“Although we didn’t want to lose them that was their choice as much as anything else. In Kevin Thomson’s case it was because he was looking for a longer contract that we weren’t in a position to give him.”

Thomson’s case sounds very like that of Miller.

With his 31st birthday coming up in December Miller knows that he probably has one more big transfer left in his career.

Miller has been transferred five times in his career and won’t have any problem moving on from Rangers and has already turned down two contract extensions.

Newcastle and Birmingham are amongst half a dozen Premiership clubs watching his situation knowing that a £1m bid would be hard for Rangers to resist with the striker looking for a new deal worth £30,000 a week.

When that bid arrives the decision makers will emerge at Ibrox.

Smith claimed: “As for Kenny Miller, we’ve been sitting for the whole of the summer and never had an enquiry for him. I’d have thought if somebody had wanted to take him they’d have told us by now.”

Details of Miller turning down a wages cut from Rangers emerged last week with a revised deal put together after the arrival of Nikica Jelavic.

Before being sold by Celtic to Derby for £3m in 2007 Miller scored three times in his last two appearances- similar to his current form at Rangers.

When the transfer window closes this week Rangers will be able to point to the signings of James Beattie and Jelavic as being behind the decision to allow Miller to leave.

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4 comments

  • jimmy says:

    I wont hold my breath

    I’ve been waiting on the promised implosion at the bronx for a few years now while they go about winning titles

    I certainly wont be falling for it again this year

  • Mike Bhoyle says:

    Know what you mean Jimmy….however…….
    They really are operating on a threadbare squad…
    and whilst they’ll still scrape by ( Killie and St. Johnstone so far) in the SPL….the CL games will stretch them to breaking point…add injuries and supensions…and if Miller leaves…
    I don’t think they’ll cope………..
    but I was wrong once before…I think !!

  • jimmy says:

    Mike
    they have replaced the guys they lost and I wouldn’t put it past them to get in another 1 or 2 on loan before Tuesdays deadline
    now that Jelavic is cuptied i don’t see Miller being allowed to move on they need him for Europe

  • Brendan says:

    Jimmy, I think your right about the loans, but with Miller if someone comes in with a price they’ll take it I think, I dont think Miller will be too happy if he’s got a chance at a big wage increase.

    Another year and he’s 32 and the chances of him demanding that much will have diminished, as for Europe, doubt they will be looking past Christmas, the participation money is already banked.

    I just dont know if Celtic are all there yet, I think there are green shoots, but after Thursday my confidence has been hit, here’s hoping the implosion happens that has been predicted for the past two years, but more so here’s hoping Lennon has put together a team that doesnt care whats happening in Ipox and wins the league based on their own merits.

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