RANGERS defender James Tavernier reckons Kenny Miller can still play on until he is 40 – if the striker gets a new contract from the Ibrox board.

The 37-year-old frontman emphasised his importance to Mark Warburton’s side by opening the scoring in the 2-0 win at Motherwell on Saturday.

The Govan gaffer believes Miller and fellow-veteran Clint Hill both deserve deals beyond the summer, but both players have yet to sit down with the club’s hierarchy to discuss the situation.

Tavernier, though, thinks a long-term commitment to Miller would be money well spent.

The right-back said: “That is obviously down to the board, but Kenny has been a credit to the team.

“At his age, he is definitely a role model. He’s still flying and putting the goals in the back of the net. I definitely see Kenny going on for another three or four years, easy.”

Warburton’s men are now two points clear of Aberdeen – albeit having played a game more. As the Dons prepare to visit Celtic Park on Wednesday, Rangers are bound for Tynecastle seeking to avenge defeat from Hearts in Edinburgh in November.

But Tavernier insists the efforts of the Dons will remain of little interest to his team-mates —provided they continue to take care of their own business.

He added: “They can do their work, but we’re just going to concentrate on ourselves.

“We know we are a good enough team to win our games.

“I think there has been progress since the start of the season. We all know we started the campaign slowly and some people can get frustrated if we are not putting the goals in at the start of the game.

“But it is about the consistency in keeping the ball, when teams are tiring.

“It proves, in these last two games when the goals have come late, that teams can’t defend the whole 90 minutes against us.”


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