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Rangers will not rest player of the month Kenny Miller

Rangers striker Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller's purple patch in front of goal saw him net his second award

Kenny Miller netted his second straight player of the month award and told Rangers manager he does not want to be rested ahead of important games.

The striker's Clydesdale Bank Premier League award came after he amassed 10 goals in six games.

"This week has been tough, not just for me, for all the lads," he said.

"But I want to play in every game. I got a rest last week against Dunfermline and I was disappointed not to be playing in the game."

Rangers came from two goals behind to defeat Aberdeen then secured a 1-0 win over Bursaspor in Champions League Group C.

"You play on Sunday, then you have a Champions League game on Wednesday with all the effort and energy you have to put into that to get a result - and then you are away again on Saturday," said Miller ahead of a trip to Tynecastle.

Lennon hopes Miller run ends soon

"It's been a really demanding week and training has been pretty low key because of the games.

"As long as we go to Hearts and get the three points, it will be the end of a really good week."

The 30-year-old has been given an exhausting lone striking role for Rangers in Europe - and for Scotland in their Euro 2012 qualifiers.

But he is enjoying a different role at Ibrox following the departure of top scorer Kris Boyd and the arrival of Nikica Jelavic.

"It's been good that we've been winning games and I've been fortunate enough to get most of the goals," he said.

"It's a different kind of partnership now. Kris Boyd is a fantastic goalscorer and I felt we formed a good partnership.

"Part of my role was maybe taking up the wider positions and Kris was the one in the positions that I'm finding myself in at the moment.

"I can't put my finger on anything I've changed, it's maybe just that it's a different partnership and I've taken on a different kind of role."

During September, Miller scored an injury-time winner against Hamilton and netted doubles in the 4-0 win over Dundee United and that 3-2 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Rangers manager Walter Smith has dismissed any thoughts of resting Miller.

"When a goalscorer is on a run of goals, it's very difficult for a manager to think of leaving him out," he said.

Smith not inclined to rest Miller

"I always remember asking Ally McCoist and Mark Hateley once, when we had a number of games and they were both on a good run of scoring, if they wanted to be left out.

"They said they were quite happy as long as they could put the ball in the goal.

"That's the main thing from a striker's point of view, it's very difficult to ask them to rest when they are on a run like Kenny is on."

Miller's former team-mate, Neil Lennon, whose Celtic side are level with Rangers at the top of the table, praised the Scotland striker but joked that he hoped his scoring streak would end.

"He always got in the position to score goals and you always felt that if he kept doing that the goals would come," Lennon said of Miller's spell with Celtic.

"He is a bit more experienced now and has probably found he doesn't need to run about as much although that comes naturally to him.

"I think he has been quoted as saying it's the best spell of his career so he deserves it - but I hope it doesn't last too long."



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see also
Hearts 1-2 Rangers
02 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier
Manager award for Celtic's Lennon
01 Oct 10 |  Celtic
August awards double for Rangers
17 Sep 10 |  Rangers


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