Age just a number in the case of Kenny Miller
Every player has an expiry date and it's usually somewhere around the age of 30. However, if your name is Kenny Miller, you didn't get the memo. Miller started the 2017/2018 season aged 37 and will finish it as a well-heeled 38-year-old. What's more, he'll probably finish the season with a few goals to his name. Despite joining Rangers on a free back in 2014 aged 34, Miller has found the net more than 40 times. On top of this, his commanding style and years of experience have inspired those around him.
Indeed, even as the new season takes shape, Miller has expressed confidence in his own skills and those of his teammates. Speaking to RangersTV after the team's somewhat controversial defeat to Hibs at Ibrox, Miller praised newcomer Alfredo Morelos. Although he admitted that it will take time for the club's attacking line to gel, he said the potential for success is already there.
"It's about getting to know each other, that chance where I put the ball over the keeper I am looking for my partner to be there. That understanding will no doubt come but we have options in the front area with Alfredo, Eduardo (Herrera) and also Josh (Windass) can go up there as well," Miller told RangersTV.
Miller's confidence in Rangers' goal scoring abilities this season appears to be shared by the bookmakers. Although the Glasgow side aren’t topping the latest outright markets - that honour goes to Celtic (1/20) -, the odds makers do believe there is a chance. If the likes of Miller et al can fire on all cylinders, 16/1 on Rangers (with http://www.sunbets.co.uk) could be a solid bet. Of course, with Hibs at 9/1 and Aberdeen hovering at 20/1 for the title, it won't be an easy run towards the title. However, if Miller can recapture some of his finest form and inspire his teammates, anything could happen.
In a bid to show you exactly how good Miller can be and why his influence could help Rangers this season, we've put together a quick rundown of his career highlights with the club.
Man of the Century
One of Miller's best moments occurred back in February 2016 during a game against Queen of the South. Coming off the bench at Palmerston Park, Miller struck with what he describes as a low goal. Sure, the AstroTurf pitch did give the ball a fortunate bounce, but it didn't detract from the fact the goal was Miller's 100th Scottish League goal. Almost 20 years after he scored his first for Stenhousemuir back in 1998, Miller hit his century while wearing a Rangers jersey.
Five of the Best
Miller gave, perhaps, one the finest striking displays of any player in the Scottish Premiership when he bagged five against St Mirren in 2000. Back when Rangers were a dominant force in the Scottish top flight, Miller managed to ripple the net four times within the first 32 minutes of the game at Ibrox. From here, Ricky Gillies scored for St Mirren before Billy Dodds scored a fifth for Rangers. At this point, Miller netted his fifth goal in a single game (a Scottish record at the time) before Neil McCann made it 7-1 to finish.
League Cup Legend
The final memorable moment we'll leave you with is Miller's glancing header against St Mirren in the 2010 League Cup final. With Rangers down to nine men and St Mirren piling on the pressure, it seemed like it was just a matter of time before the Buddies stole the match. Fortunately for Rangers fans, Miller had other ideas and rose up like a salmon in the 84th minute to score. Meeting Steven Naismith's cross like the pro that he is, Miller's header crossed the line to give his side the win and yet another trophy.
Although Miller might be slightly older and Rangers might not be the force in Scottish football that once they were, there's no doubt the man from Edinburgh is a class act. Indeed, if he can show just a fraction of the form he's produced during his 20 year career, he could just help tip the balance in Rangers' favour this season.
Daniel Smyth is a freelance writer with a passion for betting. After starting out as a poker player and writer, Daniel transitioned into casino games and sports betting. Today, Daniel writes for a variety of online publications about football, boxing, MMA, casino games and more.