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Depleted Rangers can compensate for departures - Miller

Rangers striker Kenny Miller
Miller is hopeful Rangers can bring new players to the club

Rangers' Kenny Miller admits losing Kevin Thomson to Middlesbrough is "a blow" but is adamant there are players at Ibrox ready to to fill the void.

Thomson has moved to Teeside in what's believed to be a £2m deal.

"You've got to move on," said Miller. "When one door closes, another opens. There are lads who are more than capable of filling his shoes.

"Lee McCulloch, Steven Davis, John Fleck and Maurice Edu can all play in that position. We have cover."

Thomson followed in the footsteps of Kris Boyd in departing Rangers for Gordon Strachan's Boro, although the latter's exit did not generate a transfer fee for the Ibrox club.

And with Nacho Novo, DaMarcus Beasley and Steven Smith also ending their Rangers careers this summer, manager Walter Smith has to rebuild his squad.

On that front, Smith has been frustrated in his attempts to sign Burnley's Chris Eagles, who turned down a move north after the two clubs agreed a fee.

"If we don't sign players, we will have to be good enough," said Miller.

At the moment, I've not had any decisions to make. I'm in the last year of my contract and we will wait and see what happens

Kenny Miller

"But we are looking at hopefully bringing in a few fresh faces. We have lost a lot of players.

"With Thommo gone, that's five important first-team squad players so we are going to have to replace at least a couple of them, I would think.

"But, if nobody comes in, nobody comes in. It's something we have had to deal with for the last couple of years.

"We hadn't brought anybody in but we hadn't really lost any big players, like we have done this summer.

"But if nobody comes in, we will carry on regardless as we have done for the last couple of years and hopefully retain our title."

With Thomson, Rangers had risked losing the player for nothing were they to turn down Middlesbrough's offer as the midfielder had only one year left on his contract.

And Miller is one of seven Rangers players who are entering the final year of their current deals.

"At the moment, I've not had any decisions to make," added Miller

"I'm in the last year of my contract and we will wait and see what happens."

"If the option (of a new deal) was there, I would definitely listen to it."



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see also
Middlesbrough sign Gers' Thomson
16 Jul 10 |  Middlesbrough
Eagles rules out move to Rangers
15 Jul 10 |  Burnley
Boyd buoyed by Middlesbrough move
07 Jul 10 |  Middlesbrough
Smith admits transfer frustration
07 Jul 10 |  Rangers


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