KENNY MILLER insists Rangers don’t fear Celtic after the Light Blues drew their Glasgow rivals in this afternoon’s Scottish Cup semi-final draw.
Miller spoke exclusively to Rangers.co.uk in the wake of the city giants being paired, and he also expressed his confidence ahead of the Hampden clash on April 16 or 17 given the manner in which his side demolished Dundee at Ibrox yesterday in the quarter-finals.
The striker explained: “There was every chance we were going to get them at some point, and as we said after the game yesterday, we don’t fear anyone.
“Whoever we drew was just going to be standing in the way of our goal which is to win the Scottish Cup, and I’ve said all along, we have to get past Celtic if we want to win it.
“It will be a tough game as all the games are, but I am fully confident if we go about the job in the way we know we can that we can get the right result.
“The manager has got us playing and has got us believing in the way we are playing, and that will never change no matter who we play.
“If we can perform and do the right things that we do day-in and day-out, it can all come to fruition as it did yesterday.
“I thought to a man the lads were excellent both offensively and defensively in terms of scoring goals, creating chances and keeping the back door shut.
“It was a pretty whole performance from start to finish, and if we can go and emulate that and do the right things which we talk about all the time, then there is no reason why we can’t go and get the right result.”
Miller is something of a veteran when it comes to Rangers playing Celtic, although this will be many of the Ibrox squad’s first-taste of the derby experience.
In spite of that though, Miller doesn’t believe his experience will be too-heavily relied upon, instead praising his new teammates for the manner in which they have adapted to life in the blue half of Glasgow.
He continued: “There is only so much you can pass on to people, and I have said time and again that we have a really good group.
“They know what playing for Rangers is all about now – the penny has dropped for them really, really quickly, and you can see it in the way we play, when we score a goal and when the lads talk about it after a game.
“This is ‘the’ big game obviously when you are playing your local rivals, so the lads will be well prepared for it, there is no doubt about that.
“They know what the game is about, and we will be prepared, and we will be ready.”
The semi-final clash will come at the end of what could be an unforgettable week for everyone at the club given it follows just a few days on from the Petrofac Cup Final tie with Peterhead, which is also being played at Hampden.
Miller concluded: “It’s a huge week for the club, As much as the Petrofac is maybe not the most glamorous cup to win, it’s an opportunity for us as a club to win it for the first time and we are not taking it lightly.
“We have said all along it’s an opportunity to get this team and this group its first bit of silverware under its belt, and there would be no better way to go into an Old Firm game off the back of just winning a Cup Final.
“So it’s a fantastic week for everyone involved in the club – it will be a great week for the fans and the players will be thoroughly looking forward to it.
“Between now and then though, we have a lot of work to do in the League, and going into that game, if we keep winning our matches the league will probably be done by that point if we can win and keep taking care of our business in the league.
“It could be a fantastic few weeks for everyone around that time, but the manager is big on us taking it one game at a time and all the focus is on Friday night.”