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Why Rangers Should Avoid Appointing This Veteran Striker As Pedro Caixinha’s Successor

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Kenny Miller
Pedro Caixinha

Why Kenny Miller Is Not The Man To Replace Pedro Caixinha At Rangers

The board of directors at Rangers Football Club met to discuss the future of Pedro Caixinha soon after the team’s disappointing League Cup exit and a slip to 4th place in the Premiership.

The Bears conceded a late equalising goal against Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Wednesday night to cap another miserable night in Govan, hot on the heels of their defeat against Motherwell at Hampden Park.

Caixinha, who was appointed only in March, won just 14 of his 26 games in charge of the team and that stat alone is seen as nowhere near to being good enough for this club. For his part though, he did stated that he was determined to stay in charge at Rangers after the Kilmarnock disappointment and was clinging onto his position.

Veteran player Kenny Miller has appeared a rather unlikely favourite to replace Caixinha.  Miller, who was frozen out by Caixinha amid rumours of him leading some sort of player rebellion against the manager, would be a popular choice with some fans but it must be remembered that he possesses absolutely no managerial experience whatsoever.

The usual suspects Billy Davies, Dougie Freedman and Alex McLeish appear to be under consideration too, along with Garry Monk, Martin Jol, Malky Mackay, Alex Neil and Alan Pardew.

Kenny Miller

One key mistake by Caixinha was his instance on Portuguese players and by proxy, the club too. At the same time as Caixinha insisting on bringing in players from the Iberian Peninsula, especially those speaking Portuguese, Nuno Espirito Santo was doing the same thing at Wolves and doing so in a better league and with a bigger budget.

This had the obvious effect of Rangers getting the second and third rate players available from the region in a situation scarily similar to that of Gerard Houllier and Arsene Wenger in the late nineties.

Back then, both managers wanted French-speaking players but when Henry, Vieira, Petit, Wiltord and others were signing for Arsenal it basically showed that Wenger had first pick. This left Houllier with the substandard types such as Vignal, Le Tallec and Diouf who essentially helped to take Liverpool backwards.

So, with that transfer policy apparently shelved, should Miller take this team by the scruff of the neck upon Caixinha’s departure? Well, no. Not for me anyway. Experience, as well as passion for this club, is now needed and they should not be short of options.