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Sweet therapy for scorer Miller

Kenny Miller (left) celebrates scoring against Celtic on Sunday
Miller (left) is not involved with the Scotland squad to face Japan

Kenny Miller hopes to find a long-term solution to his hamstring injury after putting the pain behind him long enough to shoot down Celtic on Sunday.

The striker scored both goals in Rangers' 2-1 win despite being due to fly to Germany on Monday to see a specialist about his problem.

"I'm getting different types of treatment with the masseurs and physios and a Thai therapist," he said.

"I hope we are getting on top of it, because I have felt good all week."

Miller sat out last week's Champions League defeat by Sevilla, with Steven Naismith being given the lone striking role.

And Miller was also not included in George Burley's Scotland squad for Saturday's friendly in Japan to give him a chance to recover from the injury.

"Missing a big Champions League night was disappointing, but I was always looking forward to this game and hopefully getting into the team," he said after lining up beside Kris Boyd against Celtic at Ibrox.

I've just been doing a lot of stretching and acupuncture if required

Rangers striker Kenny Miller

Miller has been making use of the same Thai therapist as Celtic defender Gary Caldwell.

"I've just been doing a lot of stretching and acupuncture if required," he said.

Rangers had not scored in their previous three Scottish Premier League games, so Miller was delighted that his strikes should come in a match that allowed Rangers to reduce the gap on leaders Celtic to a single point.

"Goals have been hard to come by recently and we've not been firing as a team as a whole, not just the strikers," he said.

"So it was good to get the goals early and hang on for the win."

Manager Walter Smith was thrilled with Miller's contribution but concedes that a gruelling run of matches recently were too much for the striker.

"In the early part of the game, he looked very sharp," he said.

"The injury that he's had is an awkward one. In hindsight, playing two international games and coming back and playing two big games for us has aggravated the problem he had previously.

"I should maybe have been more careful with him. His visit to the specialist this week will hopefully put him back on the right track again."



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