FRESH from signing a one year extension to his current Rangers contract, Kenny Miller admitted the invitation to stay at Ibrox came as something of a surprise.
Miller will now remain at the club until at least the summer of 2017 in what is his third spell as a Rangers player, and he also spoke of his desire to repay manager Mark Warburton for the faith he has already shown in him despite only working together for a few months.
In an exclusive interview with RangersTV, the Scotland Roll of Honour member explained: “I am absolutely delighted, and it was unexpected to have the conversation so early in regards to staying for another year.
“It’s great to get it done and dusted, and I’m back firmly focused on getting back fit, back playing, and helping the team get back to the top league.
“I’m very, very thankful that the manager has seen enough in the first four or five months to offer me that extra year, and hopefully I can repay him with some good performances, a few more goals and hopefully a promotion to get us back to the top league next year.”
Miller’s third spell began back in the summer of 2014 under Ally McCoist in what was a one year deal with the option for a second year, which has, of course, been taken.
Since then he has made 54 appearances and scored 14 goals, with five of those strikes coming in 13 playing stints this season, and Miller admitted that despite this being the latter part of his career, he always retained hope of extending his stay at Ibrox.
Miller continued: “I was hoping so. With the initial contract being a year and a year option, I always looked at it being two years, but with a view to hopefully staying and hopefully finishing off here.
“That’s the aim, but you need to make sure you’re contributing day-in, day-out to earn the new deal. The manager has seen in these five months that every day in training, I’m giving everything I’ve got and ultimately, I’m still contributing on a matchday, whether that be as a starter or a substitute.”
To say Rangers are a club revolutionised under Mark Warburton and David Weir would be an incredible understatement given the turnaround in fortunes since the duo took control at Ibrox back in June.
Their efforts have been greatly appreciated by Miller, and he admits it’s great to be back working with former teammate David Weir who he insists always had it in him to make the step-up to coaching.
He continued: “I’ve been very, very impressed. Since day one, the manager has made his views clear on how he wants us to play, the demands he has been putting on us and the expectations at the club on both him and us.
“So it’s been great. He and Davie have been superb since they have come in, and you can see the lads have really responded to what they want to do, the way they want to play, and everyone is really enjoying their work at the moment.
“You can tell with players if they have another stage to go in their career with management or coaching, and David was definitely one of those lads.
“He was a great captain, and a fantastic guy to play alongside. Now, you can see the qualities he’s bringing to the other side of the game as well. He’s never changed the fact that he’s a calm person, but I’ve seen him lose it a few times as a player!
“But I think the way the manager and him complement each other makes them a very, very good team.”