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Rangers striker Kenny Miller slams lack of service as Gers slump to opening day defeat to Hearts at Ibrox

MILLER cut a frustrated figure after yesterday's 2-1 defeat and says there has to be a radical rethink of Gers' approach if they are to finish top of the Championship pile.

SNS/Sammy Turner JS43762181.jpg Dejection for Rangers trio Kenny Miller, Nicky Law and Kris Boyd after Hearts' late winner

KENNY MILLER last night demanded better service for him and strike partner Kris Boyd.

A glaring lack of creativity in midfield ensured Miller and his sidekick were left to chase lost causes and scrap for half chances in yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Hearts .

What makes it all the more galling was the failure to feed a pair of strikers of international pedigree who were signed to ensure the Championship title would be a shoo-in.

That frustration was summed up by Miller who believes there needs to be a radical rethink to Rangers ’ approach.

He said: “Kris is playing – the all-time top SPL goalscorer – and I don’t think he’s had a chance to score a goal which is not good enough.

“He’s going to be the guy who will probably get the majority of our goals but if it’s a home game and he’s not getting any real chances to score then that is something we have to look at.

“It’s up to us to work at it with the midfield and find some way to create chances. If we are not going to get that ball into the box for Kris then it’s something that needs to be rectified.

“He has been brought back for a reason and that’s to put the ball in the net.

“At stages, I was just trying to get involved. There were times where the ball wasn’t coming up to us so it’s second nature to go hunting for it.

“It was frustrating because you want to be creating chances and scoring goals.

“We knew it was going to be a long, hard, challenging season and on today’s evidence there is still a lot of work to be done.”

But Jambos boss Robbie Neilson reckons his defence deserve a lot of credit after studying tapes of Miller and Boyd to work out how to stop the Ibrox stars.

He said: “We defended really well. The lads were strong and dealt with Boyd and Miller.

“The movement of the strikers at Rangers is fantastic and we have worked on it all week by watching videos and seeing what they do.

“We limited Rangers to not many chances and that’s with them having two international-quality strikers.

“There wasn’t a fault in the whole team. We were as positive as we could be.”

In the build-up to the Championship opener, Neilson revealed he had been preparing to play Rangers with 10 men.

But the Jambos gaffer needn’t have worried about red cards or any other self-inflicted wounds. After watching his side carve Gers wide open, Neilson knows the vulnerabilities of the title favourites were laid bare.

Not content with taking a lead through Danny Wilson, the Jambos fought back from Nicky Law’s injury-time equaliser as Osman Sow nicked a late winner.

Neilson said: “When Rangers scored in the 91st minute the easiest thing would have been for us to fold.

“I’ve been here before and seen it end up 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 but we showed the

character to come back and win.

“I have a group of winners but our season won’t be defined by this, even though it’s great to win at Ibrox.”

Keeper Neil Alexander made a painful return to his old club as he was stretchered off in the second half with a cheek injury that has Neilson fearing the worst.

He said: “Our goalie has gone to hospital as he has a problem with his cheekbone. Our doctor thinks it could be broken and that will be four to six weeks out minimum.

“But I’m pleased for Scott Gallacher who came in from Rangers a few weeks ago as he wants to play football. He will get that opportunity here now.”

Another massive plus point for the Gorgie boss was the display of new striker Sow who looks every inch a star in the making with pace, touch and presence.

Neilson said: “Osman has come in and shown his qualities. He needs more fitness but he has pace, strength, good technique and an eye for goal. He will scare a lot of defenders this season.

“This game has been getting built up for six weeks. Everyone was talking about it and I was pleased how the lads handled it. Rangers are a very good team.”

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Miller's right the service was/is stinking.

Boyd is nothing other than a poor footballer who can score goals so if we are not creating then theres no point in him at all.

Why we brought Boyd in when we knew the likes of Law, Black ect were going to start games I'll never know.

Miller at 34/35 puts in more of a shift than any of our other younger players and that alone is a disgrace.

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Miller is spot on. Black and Law were rotten yesterday, and Kyle Hutton was worse. Templeton was also well off the boil. Mcleod had a few good moments, but is wasted out wide really. I'd bin Law personally, jumped up baldy wee wank that he is, and bring in Aird (or a new right mid if there is budget to spend).

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Our midfield has always been extremely poor under McCoist. I can certainly empathise with our strikers, it's a nightmare playing up there and having no support or service. They both ran their arses off for nothing. It won't be long before Boyd is regretting coming back after pleading for it for the last 3 years.

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"A glaring lack of creativity in midfield ensured Miller and his sidekick were left to chase lost causes and scrap for half chances"

The creativity is shunted out to the wing where he can do the least damage

McCoist would even be better punting Law and Black and playing a middle 4 of Gallagher- MacLeod-Miller-McKay/Aird.

Put Templeton up front with Boyd and lets get some pace and urgency into this fucking midfield.

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McCoist would even be better punting Law and Black and playing a middle 4 of Gallagher- MacLeod-Miller-McKay/Aird.

Put Templeton up front with Boyd and lets get some pace and urgency into this fucking midfield.

That would certainly give defences something to think about however Jig would have no protection of holding midfielders so Gasparato would need to get a game

Playing kids and pace eh?

Think it will ever catch on?

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That would certainly give defences something to think about however Jig would have no protection of holding midfielders so Gasparato would need to get a game

Playing kids and pace eh?

Think it will ever catch on?

I have to admit if Jig was playing at centre half would put a spoke in the system, but a new player in there would rectify that siuation.

Pace and kids? I remember many years ago putting 3 kids under the age of 18 into my side for a cup final and everybody thought I was a raving idiot.....That trophy still sits in the clubhouse today.

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McCoist would even be better punting Law and Black and playing a middle 4 of Gallagher- MacLeod-Miller-McKay/Aird.

Put Templeton up front with Boyd and lets get some pace and urgency into this fucking midfield.

Actually putting Miller in midfield is maybe not a bad shout. He's a better

footballer than Black, Law or Hutton and on the occasions he dropped back yesterday did more than that 3 put together.

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Absolutely bang on.

Could see it midway through the first half, the service was shocking Kris Boyd didn't get a look in.

On a sidenote, and I never thought I would say this but Kenny Miller should be made captain.

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Until McCoist is punted we will be stuck with McCulloch in the central defensive role. Gasparotto would do no worse than Jig.

Then we need to get rid of Black and law in the midfield put in Templeton, MacLeod, Gallagher and Aird and retain Miller and Boyd up front.

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Actually putting Miller in midfield is maybe not a bad shout. He's a better

footballer than Black, Law or Hutton and on the occasions he dropped back yesterday did more than that 3 put together.

That's why I would play that midfield or a variation of it. Miller would make an impact playing there because he knows every run that Boyd would make and Templeton would cause havoc playing in a more central role as opposed to playing out wide where he is double marked and easier to stop.

The speed of Gallagher/Aird/McKay would draw defenders out and let Miller and MacLeod link up with the front two more effectively and far quicker than playing Law/Hutton?Black

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The only positve thing about the 2 games so far is how Kenny Miller has reacted when passes to him have been wayward. He's the only person to turn around and actually have a go at his team mates and let them know they are not up to scratch.

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I wonder what kind of striker McCosit would have been had he been given service like Miller and Boyd, he wouldnt have had 355 goals. He should play up front in training for 10 mins and see how pissed off he gets and how frustrating it must be watching ball after ball going over your head or passing by without a chance of you getting to it.

If you didnt know about Allys playing career you'd never believe he was a top scorer based on his managerial ability. His team is scared to attack.

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