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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: ‘GUTTED’: INJURED DEFENDER’S CELTIC CAREER IN JEOPARDY, KOP IDOL HAILS GERRARD, McINNES’ IBROX ORDER

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CELTIC defender Calvin Miller has been ruled OUT for the rest of the season – and may have kicked his last ball for the Hoops.

The 21-year-old utility player, who had loan spells at Dundee and Ayr United last season, underwent an operation after sustaining an injury in the academy side’s game against Hibs last week.

Details of the exact cause of the problem have yet to be made public, but the player shared a snap on his Instagram page from his hospital room.

Miller’s contract is due to expire in June next year when he will become a free agent.

THUMBS UP…brave Calvin Miller’s Instagram image.

He was linked with Kilmarnock before Scotland international Greg Taylor’s £2.25million deadline day move to Parkhead.

Miller made his Celtic first team debut against Partick Thistle in 2016 under former boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Glaswegian has yet to feature for Neil Lennon and was also tipped for a loan spell at English League One outfit Portsmouth in the summer. His future at the Hoops is now in jeopardy unless they offer a contract extension while he is sidelined.

In his Instagram message, Miller said: “Gutted to be out for the rest of the season but surgery went well and I’ll be back stronger – thanks to Shannon and Olivia especially couldn’t have done it without them”.

STEVEN GERRARD’S impact at Rangers has not surprised his former Liverpool team-mate Jamie Redknapp.

The ex-England international believes the Anfield legend will one day return to Merseyside as boss with Jurgen Klopp endorsing that view, as Scotzine reported.

Redknapp, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “Steven has done a great job.

“I have known him since he was 15 and you could always sense you were in the presence of greatness, not just as a player, but as a student of the game.

“His knowledge of football is second to none.

“I am proud of what he is doing because he has taken a risk – the easiest thing would have been to sit on the sofa and talk about football, be a pundit.

“But he has put himself out there and is making a name for himself as a manager. He will do a great job at Rangers, win trophies there, and I have no doubt he will end up managing Liverpool one day.

“I think it will be what the fans want at Liverpool.”

DEREK McINNES is urging his Aberdeen players to show controlled aggression against Rangers at Ibrox tomorrow.

There were SIX red cards shown during the explosive Premiership encounters between the sides last season while the Dons knocked out Steven Gerrard’s outfits from the two domestic Cups in Glasgow.

McInnes, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “These games are a real test for us. It’s important to try to play with the right aggression, but also the right temperament.

“We were disappointed with one or two of the red cards in those games last season. It’s a fixture that generates a competitive element in the game, but it’s important we stay calm with our work, as well.”

The Pittodrie gaffer has fresh injury concerns over James Wilson and Connor McLennan following the team’s Betfred League Cup exit  against Hearts at Tynecastle where they squandered three penalty-kicks in the spot-kick shoot-out.

The Pittodrie gaffer added: “We need the injuries to start to clear up, but, in the meantime, we’ll all stick together, we’ll knuckle down and try and get on with the job in hand.”

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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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