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Manchester derby tale of the tape

By ESPN Staff

McCoist ponders Miller return

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is considering a move to re-sign Kenny Miller for what would be a third spell at Ibrox for the striker.

Miller and his family have struggled to settle off the pitch in Turkey following his January move from Rangers to Bursaspor. He was the top goalscorer in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last season despite leaving in the winter, having struck 21 goals.

McCoist, who has lost striker Kyle Lafferty for the season opener against Hearts with a groin injury, said: "Kenny has never been out of my thoughts. He is a player who did very, very well for us.

"I certainly wouldn't rule Kenny out but I haven't spoken to him at any great length about it because he is still under contract at Bursaspor.

"It's an avenue we will look at as Kenny ticks all the boxes in terms of what we're looking for.

"I'd imagine I'll be speaking to him again in the next couple of days.''

Bursaspor have told Rangers they will have to pay "serious money'' to bring Miller back.

"If the circumstances are right, if things are good, and the conditions are correct, then why not?'' Bursaspor's director of transfers, Erkan Kamat, was quoted as telling STV. "But Rangers have to pay serious money, a good transfer fee.

"If Rangers are opening the door, we can maybe settle something. It can happen but it is not just a case of opening the door, it's not that easy. At the moment I am not talking about his valuation. We will see what Rangers want to do.''

Last month Rangers refused to entertain several offers from Bursaspor for defender Steven Whittaker but Kamat shrugged off his disappointment.

"I wanted to sign Steven Whittaker but Rangers always gave me a no answer,'' he added. "In fact they didn't even get back in touch with me. I will have to make a plan. I can't say anymore just now. I will meet Kenny tomorrow, and then we will have a clearer picture.''


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