DAVID WEIR believes that Kenny Miller’s hunger, professionalism and work-ethic will allow him to keep performing at the highest level for years to come.
Now 36, Miller has enjoyed a terrific season for Rangers in 2015/16 and his deadly double against Morton on Friday night highlighted his importance to Mark Warburton’s squad and his never-ending desire to find the back of the net.
The former Scotland striker has bagged 15 goals in 32 appearances this term – 11 of them from the bench – and Weir has praised the club’s hugely experienced number 9 for his attitude to training and on match days.
Speaking to RangersTV.tv, he said: “We try and instil that message, play how you train. So if you train with intensity and you work hard day in day out, then the game almost becomes a follow on from that.
“Kenny takes that literally and does it – he trains like a demon every single day and he’s the same in the games.
“He’s full of energy, he’s full of running, and he’s got a lot of football left in him, no doubt about it.”
Weir, of course, continued playing for Rangers until he was 41 so he knows a lot about how to prolong a football career.
Having been able to watch Miller on a daily basis at Murray Park this season, he sees no reason why he can’t maintain his high standards as the club aims to get back to the top of Scottish football.
He said: “I think it’s entirely up to Kenny, he’s obviously got a lot of football left in him and, from my experience when you are that age, you don’t look too far ahead.
“You just look short-term and try and do the right things. You try to maximise what you’ve got and try and utilise your strengths.
“Kenny does that, he’s the consummate professional and he gives himself the best opportunity.
“So we definitely won’t put limits on it in regards to how long he can play for. He’s obviously signed a new contract and he’s going to be here next season, we’re delighted by that.”
Weir was impressed with both of Miller’s crucial goals against Morton on Friday night and feels the second – a left-foot strike on the turn – which flew past Derek Gatson – was a highlight from yet another memorable evening at the Stadium.
He added: “It was a fantastic goal when you actually look back at it, the number of passes that were involved and the patience and the quality within it.
“It was a really good team goal and Kenny has come up with them a few times, all kind of goals, the header for the first one and the left-foot finish for the second one.
“He really is a scorer of great goals Kenny; he’s a mixed bag in regards to the type of goals he can score and I don’t think there will be many better team goals than that over the course of the season.”