Miller brace buoys Burley

Rangers striker hits form at just the right time

Miller: Back among the goals

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Scotland manager George Burley is delighted to welcome a 'bang on form' Kenny Miller into his squad.

The Rangers striker grabbed a brace in Sunday's Old Firm derby with Celtic to help Walter Smith's side to an impressive 4-2 win over the reigning SPL champions.

Miller has a lot to prove to a sceptical Gers fanbase after previously running out for their fierce Glasgow rivals, but appears to be winning that battle.

Burley insists he never doubted the former Wolves man would prove to be a success at Ibrox and is hoping the 28-year-old can carry his goalscoring form into the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Iceland.

"It's terrific for Kenny," said Burley.

"I said, when he moved to Rangers, I felt that he had been outstanding in the two games in my time with Scotland.

"He has matured as a person and as a player. I'm sure he enjoyed the game and scoring a couple of good goals.

"He has been a big part of the success Scotland have had in the last few seasons so I'm very pleased he is bang on form.

"It must give him confidence and that's great. But I have no doubts about Kenny's ability to be a big player on key occasions.

"He has shown that for Scotland and he did very well in the Old Firm game."


Burley admits Miller is in contention for a starting role against Macedonia on Saturday, but insists the domestic weekend fixtures have not altered the starting XI he already had in mind.

He added: "I've seen a couple of good games over the weekend, including the Old Firm game yesterday, but nothing has changed.

"I've got an idea in my mind and we will work in training and take it from there."

Scotland are facing the prospect of playing in searing heat at the weekend, a situation they struggled with during a friendly against Czech Republic in May, but Burley has defended the decision not to fly out to Macedonia until Friday.

"I'm not worried about it," he said.

"It's going to be difficult but we are not going to make excuses, other teams in the group will find it difficult as well.

"We can't change it and we can't go over there for three months before the game and acclimatise.

"It's something we have to cope with and overcome. There isn't much we can do about the heat over there."