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MILLER HAILS ‘£10m TAVERNIER’

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KENNY MILLER insists his former Rangers team-mate James Tavernier is worth a staggering £10MILLION.

The Rangers right-back was bought for a bargain £200,000 from Wigan by former boss Mark Warburton four years ago.

Ibrox skipper Tavernier was involved in 37 goals last season – scoring 17 times, with 20 assists in all competitions.

Miller, 39, who agreed a one-year deal with Partick Thistle last week following his release from relegated Dundee, said: “Tav is massive to Rangers. Just look at his stats and goals.

“I joke with him that they’re all penalties, but you still need to score them, which isn’t easy.

“You need to have technique, composure and when you’re doing it on a regular basis, it becomes even harder.

“Tav’s been a fantastic signing, but when he arrived I had questions about him.

“One of my best mates, Gary Caldwell, sold him from Wigan. I was asking why would he let him go from League One in England to play for Rangers.

“But Tav has got better and better. He’s now huge for Rangers and they won’t want to lose him. I don’t think they’ll let him go on the cheap.

“They could end up getting £10million for him, so he’s been a really good investment.

“I don’t think you’ll get another Tav for £200,000 in this day and age. He’s grown into the club and he really cherishes it now.

“It would take something special for him to leave.”

Former Scotland international frontman Miller, who had three spells at Ibrox before getting the boot 14 months ago, added: “Physically, he’s an animal. His body is in great shape, he’s fast, strong, aggressive and he can dribble.

“And he’s ended up getting the captain’s armband. He’ll take that as the honour and privilege that it is.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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