RANGERS skipper Lee Wallace insisted the club must keep Kenny Miller if they have hopes of European football.
The 37-year-old striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season, netted two goals in the late 2-1 comeback Scottish Cup win over Motherwell at the weekend.
Wallace said: “We need to feed off his ambition and desire day in, day out to be the best we can, to get successes back to this club and get the fans coming back here on Tuesday nights and listening to the Champions League music.
“Kenny’s had that in stages of his career and, hopefully, that can happen and his contract can be secured in the next few weeks and we can all move forward and keep winning games of football.
“It is hugely important we keep him. It would be easy to say it’s the old pals’ act and trying to get the message out there we need to keep him – but those are my strong feelings.
“We’re going to do better as a club if Kenny Miller stays here.
“It’s the way he conducts himself and sometimes it’ll be hard for him because he’s that used to success and he wants that back more than anybody.
“That’s great and we need that drive and need him here because we need to feed off that drive.”
Miller is one of the top earners at Ibrox. While he has undoubtedly been the most important player in Mark Warburton’s squad this season, it seems that the Rangers board are not entirely convinced that offering a bumper contract to a player who will be 38 next season is entirely sensible.