Fans can have say ... but I just want to play for Rangers

NOT for the first time, the signing of Kenny Miller hasn't been met with widespread approval by Rangers fans.

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Kenny Miller was unveiled to the media yesterday morning at Ibrox after signing on for a third time with the SPFL Championship side. Picture: Nick Ponty
Kenny Miller was unveiled to the media yesterday morning at Ibrox after signing on for a third time with the SPFL Championship side. Picture: Nick Ponty

When the striker moved to Ibrox for the second time in his career six years ago, the decision by then boss Walter Smith didn't go down well with large swathes of the Light Blue legions, many of whom were not convinced of his quality and perturbed that, just a few months earlier, he was turning out for Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Miller completed a hat-trick this week, with Ally McCoist this time the man in the firing line for his transfer policy.

The 34-year-old's arrival is seen as a short-term, short-sighted move by McCoist.

But, having won the fans over in style the last time, he is determined to repeat the trick in the coming months.

Miller said: "For me, I'll be the same player as I was three-and-a-half years ago when I left this football club. If people are happy with that, great.

"There are always going to be people who like you and there will always be people who don't.

"But I'll go out and try to play the game the same way and I will try to win over the fans again, the same way I did six years ago when I came back and we won three titles and cups every year.

"If that's enough, that's great. If it's not, I can live with that."

When Miller left Ibrox for the second time for Bursaspor in January 2011, he could never have imagined the events that would unfold in the years to come as the club was dragged through the mire in a sea of money problems.

He returns to find an on- going battle between fans and the board and more uncertainty over the Gers' finances.

But the former Scotland international insists the off-field dramas never threatened to scupper his homecoming.

"It's never been mentioned at all," Miller said. "Any time I meet anyone and speak about Rangers it's always 1) am I coming back? and 2) they would like to see me back here.

"The chat has always been about football and not what's happened off the field or what's going to happen off the field. It's all been about getting this club back to where it belongs, which is challenging at the top.

"That's every footballer's prerogative but it was never an issue for me. If they think like that then they'll think like that and not come but, for me, I wanted to come back no matter what's gone on.

"I want to play for this football club and I'm just delighted that it's done now. If anyone else has reservations then that's up to them."

With the ink dry on his third Rangers deal, Miller can now look forward to life back at Ibrox and the new campaign.

Rangers have an option to keep him for another year come next summer.

And the striker is determined to play his part in returning the club to where they feel they belong as they bid to clinch the Championship title at the first time of asking next term.

Miller said: "The first aim this year is to win this league and get back into the top flight.

"After that, we know what this club's about - winning trophies. There is not going to be any thinking that we've got a couple of years to get back in contention.

"We need to be challenging straight away, it's as simple as that. That's what the players will be looking to do.

"How long it will take, who knows? But I know for a fact that if I am here next year and we are in the top flight, there's no way I will be settling for second best."

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