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Turkish Delight for Kenny Miller but not for Rangers

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Rangers striker Kenny Miller is heading to the delights of Turkish Football after Bursaspor had their bid of £400,000 accepted by the Ibrox club.

Miller on is arrival at Istanbul Airport, was mobbed by a mass of media and fans chanting his name, with green and white scarves thrown on his shoulders by his new club’s supporters as he made his way through the airport, before travelling to Bursa by helicopter.

Despite Rangers accepting an offer from Birmingham City worth a reported £1.1 million, Miller rejected a chance to link up with Alex McLeish once again. And despite an initial offer from Fiorentina, Miller has opted to join the reigning Turkish champions.

Miller has reportedly been offered £50,000 a week tax-free, and will don the number 18 shirt.

Rangers assistant Ally McCoist said of Miller, “He made a wonderful contribution for the period that he was here, Kenny has been great for the club and equally the club has been great for Kenny. It’s been a good partnership. If the deal does go through then he will go with our blessing and our thanks. Having said that, we are disappointed to see him go because he has been an integral part of the team over the past two-and-a-half seasons.

“You can understand why he has made the decision he has. All he was doing was exercising his right to look around, like any other player who is coming to the end of his contract.”

An extra £100,000 will be paid by Bursaspor if the Turkish side qualify for the Champions League.

However it will be a blow for Rangers as they have lost their top scorer this season for a fraction of his price. But that is the risk the club took going into the last six months of his contract, and despite offering a contract they felt worthy, Miller opted to reject it. Now its the job of Nikica Jelavic, Kyle Lafferty, Steven Naismith and James Beattie to try to steady the boat and lead Rangers from the front towards their third title in a row.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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