IT WILL be a case of friends reunited for Kenny Miller when Kilmarnock visit Ibrox in the Scottish Cup next month.
Rangers drew the Premiership outfit in the fifth round and it will see former captain Lee McCulloch, Kris Boyd and Stevie Smith all return to their former club.
The trio left Gers in the summer but Miller still remains close friends with all three and said he couldn’t wait to ring Jig on his way home from the draw at Hampden Park.
Kilmarnock are currently sitting second bottom of the top flight after a torrid season.
The striker said: “I’ve not checked my phone yet but a few of the lads have put in our group chat who we’ve got but I’ve not spoken to the opposition yet!
““It will be good to see the boys back, I’m sure we’ll have a few text messages going back and forth.
“I have played against the lads a few times in the younger days but it would be my first time playing against big Jig.
“In fact I won’t be playing against Jig will I? Because I think he’s taken on more of a coaching role now and has stepped to the side a bit.
“It will be great to see them and I’m sure they’ll get a warm welcome back at Ibrox too.”
“I always keep my eye out for their result because of the boys being there, seeing how they’re getting on, if they’re scoring and if they’re playing.
“I’ve seen that Jig isn’t playing anymore and Stevie has found himself in the centre of midfield a few times too.”
“It’s a good draw and a home draw, so I know it’s a cliché but we’d have liked it to be at Ibrox and we’ve got that.
“There was a real prospect of us facing Premiership opposition, which we are, but it’s a game that we will be looking to win.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic game and good to know if we can compete at that level as well.”
Rangers were knocked out of the League Cup by Premiership opposition back in September but Miller belives that game taught Mark Warburton’s young side some harsh lessons about the step up.
The Light Blues actually put Killie out of Scottish Cup last season, through a double from Nicky Law and a goal from striker Boyd, who will line up for the opposition in February.
Miller doesn’t believe that Gers Championship status will hamper them at all when they go in search of their first Scottish Cup since 2009.
The 35-year-old said:
“We learnt a harsh lesson at the start of the season against St Johnstone – we maybe need to be a little bit tighter on the counter attack and on the defensive side of our game.”
“I think we have put that right in recent weeks, we don’t seem to be giving as many chances up and that is something we have been working on.
“As long we keep going the way we have been going then I think we will be ok against Kilmarnock.
“Of course it’s achievable for a Championship side to win the Scottish Cup; there have been teams in the final over the last five years so there is no reason why we can’t get there.
“Once you get to a cup final anything can happen, I have been a favourite in cup finals, I have been the underdog and every game has been tight and the odd goal has separated it.
“If we can get there, keep doing the right things leading into that then there is no reason why we can’t win it.”