THERE aren’t many firsts in Kenny Miller’s career anymore but after 20 years as a footballer the striker will play in his first Challenge Cup Final and he says it will mean just as much as his other finals.
Miller netted the second for Rangers as they dismissed of St Mirren in a four goal win in the Petrofac Cup semi-final.
The striker has played in three cup finals for Rangers over his three spells at the club but insists lifting this trophy would bring just as much joy.
The 35-year-old said:
“It will be my first final in this competition and any cup final is big, it’s an opportunity to win some silverware and you always look back on it with fond memories.
I am thoroughly looking forward to it and let’s hope we win it this time.
“We’re delighted to be in the final. I think the game today needed to be won with a good performance and we did that apart from maybe a little flat 15 minutes at the start of the second-half.
“It was a little bit more of an uneven game at that point than we would have like.
“The players definitely deserved more goals in the first-half; there were a couple of fantastic saves and one cleared off the line from one of their lads.
“I think we got our rewards in the last 10 or 15 minutes and that is probably down to the play, how much we worked them and how much we tired them out towards the end.
“It is this club’s fourth attempt at this cup since we got put down and we haven’t won it yet so I think it is important to win it – hopefully this will be our last year in it and we can finish it off on a positive note.”
Miller was back in the starting line-up for the first time since October after missing a spell through injury.
He bagged his sixth goal of the season and joked to Rangers TV that he has become the king of the close range goal this season.
The striker smiled: “It’s good to be back in the starting line-up for the first time in a month or so and it was great to score.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the game today and I thought we played really well, a lot things we had been working on during the week came to fruition and it was great to be back amongst the goals.
“We will move onto Dumbarton now, this game has gone and there are a lot of positives we can take from it, we will look at it and we’ll look to get better, which we always do.
“It’s an opportunity to get a little bit of daylight between us so we’ll be firmly focussed and ready to go into that now.”