KENNY MILLER praised Rangers’ “battling performance” as the Light Blues ran-out 3-0 winners against Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon.
An incredible three goals in four minutes swung the game late-on, with Miller grabbing two of those strikes to seal a memorable victory in the Granite City.
Afterwards, he admitted the Light Blues were up against it at times – but that took away nothing from his pride as stand-in captain at winning away to the Dons for the first time in nearly six years.
He told RangersTV.tv: “The second half was backs to the wall stuff. Wes [Foderingham] had some great saves, Danny [Wilson] David [Bates], young Myles [Beerman] and Tav [James Tavernier] were all blocking shots, heading things away and obviously getting the opening goal with three minutes to go took the wind out of their sails a bit.
“It was definitely against the run of play, but we had opportunities in the first half, and goals definitely change games – and you saw at the end as they were trying to get back into it, we capitalised on a couple of mistakes of theirs, and we were clinical in that last 10 minutes which maybe we haven’t been in the last few games.
“It was a battling performance, and that’s what you need to do when you come to a place like this. I think we probably played a little bit better in the first half than what we did in the second , but it was all-hands on deck at the end. Some great saves, some blocks, some great defending and we were able to hit them on the counter.
“When we got that opening goal, the balance of play definitely switched. We’re delighted with the three points and we move on.”
Miller has worked a lot recently with the club’s under-20s, and therefore the performances of Myles Beerman and David Bates in only their second starts was particularly pleasing for him.
He continued: “They have done, and it’s obviously been needed. We were light on bodies, particularly at the back in the last few weeks and Batsey has stepped up, as has young Myles. He’s very accomplished and very comfortable on the ball.
“He’s fit and gets up and down, so I am delighted for the two of them. Special mention to Danny though – he took a right dunt in the first half but he was a rock at the back there.”
Gers are now nine points behind the Dons in the race for second, with Miller insisting nothing has been decided yet.
He added: “There is a long, long way to go in terms of the chase for second. We were 12 points back before today, so it’s crucial we won today, and there is still a long, long way to go.
“We just need to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season and see where we end up.”