Ex-Celtic star John Hartson shared why Mark Warburton should opt for Kenny Miller to lead the line against his former club in the Old Firm Derby on New Year’s Eve, and suggested the the Hoops’ defenders will not be worried about Joe Garner, when writing his column for the Scottish Sun.
Brendan Rodgers’ side currently hold 14 point advantage over Rangers in theScottish Premiership, and a win over their fierce rivals on the last day of the year will surely all but clinch the title for Celtic.
And Hartson, who scored 88 goals in 146 league outings for Celtic, explained why Rangers should start the game with Kenny Miller as the focal point of their attack, when writing his column for the Scottish Sun:
“There’s only one striker capable of causing Celtic problems at Ibrox next week and it’s NOT the man Mark Warburton paid over the odds for. Kenny Miller could give Erik Sviatchenko and Jozo Simunovic something to think about in the Old Firm game. Not Garner. The two Celtic centre halves won’t be lying awake at night worrying about him. Sure, he works hard and puts himself about but that should be a given when you play for a club the size of Rangers. For me, Rangers’ best chance is to play Miller through the middle against Celtic.”
Warburton paid a reported £1.8 million to bring Garner to Ibrox over the summer, and despite his obviously impressive work ethic, he has failed to live up to his prolific reputation, scoring just three goals in 17 outings for the Gers so far this season.
Whether the Rangers boss opts to play the former Preston North-End man, or the 37-year-old Miller against Celtic remains to be seen, but it could prove to be a decision that has a huge bearing on the outcome of the game.