KENNY Miller has revealed he is learning Spanish and Portuguese in the pursuit of improved communication with his new colleagues.
Pedro Caixinha has added four Portuguese, two Mexicans and one Colombian to the Rangers ranks this summer and it’s got Miller reaching for his phrasebook.
The veteran striker admits he is trying to get a handle on the languages quickly to help the Gers gel ahead of their Europa League opener on Thursday evening.
Speaking to the media Miller smiled: “The boys have settled in well, it’s a good group of lads to come into.
“The only small issue in the language barrier which I am sure we will address because communication is huge particularly when you’re in a stadium full of 50,000 people.
“When it is noisy you can barely hear yourself think never mind speak so you need to be able to communicate with your teammate next to you. I have been trying to learn a few phrases that might help me.
“When you are in the heat of the battle you’re not thinking about speaking a different language and they are probably looking at me thinking what is that guy saying!
“Communication is a crucial part of any team sport so it’s something the lads will look to improve.
“We’re just looking to get wee words or phrases, football terminology that you can pass on and use in a game which might help.
“Fabio, Dalcio and Ryan have pretty much been in from the get go. The rest who have come in are getting up to speed and getting used to how the manager works.
“Once everybody is in then it is important we get a squad who are ready to attack the season together.
“We are more than prepared for the game tomorrow night and then we will have a few more added to the squad for the next round if we get there.”
If Miller plays against Progres Niederkorn it will mark nearly seven years since the forward featured in Europe for the Light Blues.
He scored against Bursaspor in the group stages of the Champions League in his second spell with the club, which turned out to be his final game in the competition before he moved on and admits he didn’t imagine he’d play in Europe again with Rangers.
“When I left six years ago I didn’t know if I would have an opportunity to play for the club again let alone play at this European level.
“The fans deserve these nights, they have been through a lot in the last five or six years as have players who have been through the duration.
“We are looking forward to tomorrow night, we have had three weeks of good work and we’ll look forward to a full house at Ibrox.
“It was always going to be a long road back to Europe, we had the opportunity two seasons ago to win the Scottish Cup and achieve it there but we fell at that last hurdle.
“It wasn’t exactly how we wanted to achieve it last season in terms of finishing third but it is another small step to where we want to be which is ultimately winning leagues and trophies and having these European nights again.
“It is a long way for us to make it into the group stages but it gives us an opportunity to give us the confidence and hopefully we get the latter rounds with a wee bit of luck and a good draw. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”