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Alex McLeish hopeful on Kenny Miller signing

Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller's Rangers goals

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish remains hopeful that Rangers striker Kenny Miller will move to St Andrews.

The Midlands club had an offer of about £700,000 accepted by Rangers last week, but Fiorentina were also bidding to sign the Scotland international.

However, reports from Italy suggest that the Serie A club's interest in the 31-year-old is cooling.

"We are still talking to Kenny," said McLeish. "He has not rejected any offers as he keeps his options open."

Miller has played under McLeish for Scotland and Hibernian and replied "I don't like to say yes" when asked if he thought he would get another chance to work with the player.

"I've seen so much disappointment in the past."

Ibrox manager Walter Smith had stated that his wish in the first instance was that Miller would sign a new deal with the Glasgow side, and club coach Ian Durrant has not given up hope that the player can be persuaded to stay.

He told the club website: "Kenny is in a position where he's in the final months of his contract but we're still hopeful he will stay.

"What happens will be his decision but he has been in all week training with us and nothing has fazed him.

Smith no qualms on fielding Miller

"Hopefully we can keep him on board as he has been in integral part of the team, and he will be from now to the end of the season if he stays."

McLeish has made no secret of his desire to bring in a proven goalscorer during the January transfer window and he has enquired about Tottenham's out-of-favour striker Robbie Keane.

Miller has netted 22 goals so far this term but has rejected repeated offers to extend his Ibrox contract beyond June and is therefore free to speak with other clubs.

"I introduced Kenny into the team at Hibs and his great performances as a young kid got him his move to Rangers in 2000," said McLeish last week.

"And then when I took over at Rangers the first thing I had to do was sell him to Wolves.

"The deal had already been agreed and there was little I could do to stop it.

"So, I've actually sold him twice, but I still admire him as a player.

"This season I think he's matured into a great finisher.

"He's quick, he knows the game, and makes good runs."


Miller arrived for his second spell at Rangers in June 2008, having first signed on at Ibrox in 2000 from Hibernian.

In the intervening seasons he had a one-year spell at Old Firm rivals Celtic, as well as stints with Wolves and Derby County.

So far, Miller has amassed 51 international caps, scoring 12 goals.

Rangers failed with a bid for Dundee United's David Goodwillie but, even if Miller moves, they are unlikely to be able to meet United's £1.5m valuation.

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see also
Bentley vows to resurrect career
13 Jan 11 |  Birmingham
Rangers fail with Goodwillie bid
07 Jan 11 |  Dundee Utd
Birmingham work on Keane switch
06 Jan 11 |  Premier League
Gers hopeful of new Miller deal
22 Dec 10 |  Rangers
Rangers reluctant to sell Miller
10 Dec 10 |  Rangers

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