In Focus: Caixinha’s move to quell Miller feud can only be a positive for Rangers

As reported by The Herald, Pedro Caixinha has opened up about his current relationship with Kenny Miller and insisted there are no problems as the squad prepare for their Friday night fixture.

What’s the story?

The pair had recently had a reported bust-up that saw the striker dropped into the U20s Development Squad just a week after playing against Celtic at Ibrox.

Now though, it appears the issues have been resolved. That’s according to Caixinha anyway, although the player has been spotted back in first team training at Auchenhowie.

As quoted by The Herald, the Light Blues boss said:

There is no latest situation. It’s just one technical decision. Who picks the first eleven? Who picks the squad? Who picks the players who are out of the squad? There is no issue. Sometimes I take a decision and I explain directly to the person involved. Other times I don’t explain. And other times I can explain later. I am the one who takes the decision. There are no problems at all. Period. Kenny is one of ours. He is training with us and like the others he is there to be selected or not.

As usual, it’s a colourful response to media questioning, but it’s at least good news for Rangers fans that there is no current stand-off between the two parties, with Rangers needing to move forward in harmony if they are going to achieve consistent results this season.

Miller’s role

The truth is that from a playing perspective, Kenny Miller hasn’t offered Rangers much this season and there are numerous more attractive and more exciting options for fans to see in the Light Blues’ starting eleven.

He has been an excellent servant to the club over the years, scoring 113 goals in three spells, but now at 37 years of age his time playing in the top-flight could be coming to an end.

Still, it was vitally important that any issues between the player and Caixinha were resolved. Miller remains an influential member of the dressing room and a feud would have only undermined the Rangers boss at a critical time in his reign at Ibrox.

Now this has been resolved everyone can move on and perhaps stop all the negative headlines emerging from the club.