Steven Gerrard is hoping former Rangers star Kenny Miller gets a warm reception when he returns to Ibrox with new side Dundee later today, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Miller has endured one of the most dramatic periods of his entire career over the last six months.
First he left Ibrox in acrimonious circumstances after falling out with former boss Graeme Murty. Then he was appointed player-manager at Livingston before leaving his post just a couple of months into his reign. Now he’s back at Dundee in a playing capacity and ready to return to the home of the Light Blues.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard now believes he is due a warm welcome from home supporters.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, Gerrard said:
I’m pleased for Kenny and Lee [Wallace] that the scenario is sorted and dealt with, and also for the club. For me, walking into it and being asked about it wasn’t comfortable. I’m just pleased everyone has moved on from it and we can talk about football and football players.
I hope he is appreciated tomorrow, I do. Kenny has been a top player. He has been prolific for many years. Now he has signed for Dundee, he has played a bit on the right-hand side. But he is someone who likes to come in off a No 9.
He will be desperate to score tomorrow. He will be desperate to play well and win. For him, I hope he gets a wonderful reception. I think he deserves it.
Can Miller prove to everyone with a big performance at Ibrox that he can still punish the top teams in Scotland?
While Rangers fan opinion around Kenny Miller has undoubtedly been split over the last six months, there’s an acceptance he has offered much to the club across his extensive career and there’s unlikely to be a hostile reception at Ibrox.
Miller has been outspoken about his time at Rangers on radio and in other recent media appearances, but has always offered regret at how things ended for him there.
The fear for fans will be that he scores a goal that would steal the headlines and put further pressure on Gerrard’s side after their defeat to Celtic before the international break.