Rangers Kenny Miller confident of promotion push

Rangers' Kris Boyd and Livingston's goal keeper Darren Jamieson battle for the ball
Rangers' Kris Boyd and Livingston's goal keeper Darren Jamieson battle for the ball

Striker Kenny Miller has refused to even entertain the possibility that Rangers might not win promotion this season despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Scottish Championship bottom side Livingston.

It was far from the ideal start for new boss Stuart McCall in his first game in charge, as Haris Vuckic’s early opener was cancelled out by Ibra Sekajja.

With leaders Hearts now out of sight, Rangers are realistically looking to secure a return to the top-flight via the play-offs.

Four draws in a row mean they are now seven points behind second-placed Hibs with two games in hand.

But Miller is confident the Light Blues can steer their promotion bid back on track.

The striker said: “At this club, with the history, we want to win things, challenge for cups and leagues every year.

“Let me tell you, as players we are feeling it too.

“We know we haven’t performed to the levels we should have in the Championship.

“Were we not to make the play-offs, it would be the biggest capitulation ever.

“Without taking anything for granted I fully expect us to be there - whether it be second, third or fourth.

“There is nothing on my mind other than getting promoted. We are focused on being as high up the league as possible and getting up through the play-offs, if that’s the way it has to be.”

McCall’s first game in charge may have been a disappointment, but Miller feels an immediate positive impact may have been too much to expect after just two training sessions.

He added: “Every manager has his ways in terms of training methods.

“But it was always going to be tough for the new manager to put a stamp on things ahead of this game.

“This coming week will be different, especially after Tuesday’s game against Alloa when we will have a few days before we play Hibs.

“There are limited things he could have done in 48 hours.”