Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller believes Michael Beale will be limited in terms of what he can experiment with in his final five games – as he needs to get back to winning ways.
Beale has promised the “biggest rebuild in years” this summer after Rangers were consigned to a stagnant season when Celtic lost the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The Rangers manager strongly hinted at the departure of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent and admitted that some players would be playing for their futures in the remaining Premiership matches.
The Light Blues go into the final stages of the season 13 points adrift and after victories over Aberdeen and Celtic, who they will play in their next two games.
“Michael has to consider it because they have to win the games,” Miller said after taking part in McDonald’s Fun Football with children in Glasgow.
“That’s two losses in a row. You have to finish the season strongly, you don’t want that gap to get any bigger.
“You have to pick the right team that is going to win the game. There will be an element of boys who are moving on, you might not see many of them, but there must be guys to come in and take their place.
“It’s really important that they keep winning because he’s had a good start to his managerial career, he wants to keep that going and finish the season strongly, and then he can really focus on the recruitment which is he’s already doing it.
“It will be interesting because a lot of boys are out of contract. I don’t see any of them playing between now and the end of the season because you still have to win the games and these guys are big players.”
Rangers have now gone six games without beating Celtic but Miller feels that the gap between the teams is too great in some quarters.
“It was a very close game, a game I felt Rangers were just on the edge of the way the game went,” he said of Sunday’s 1-0 win for Celtic. “But, like the game at Celtic Park, they had a very poor goal to lose, and Fashion Sakala had a great chance.
“These games are won and lost on the big moments and it doesn’t matter whether you take those moments or not. From Rangers’ point of view, unfortunately, in the last few games they have not taken those moments and Celtic have.
“I don’t think the gap between the two teams is as big as everyone makes out.
“I believe that Michael has made great progress. They are four Old Firm games without a win but they came within three minutes of winning the first one and the other games were really close.
“Celtic have the edge mentally but Rangers have put in some good performances, they’ve never taken the big moments.”
Miller considers signing a goalscorer a priority.
“A striker is very important,” said the former Scotland international. “I think Morelos have not been successful this season at the levels we have seen in the last five years. Maybe it’s because he probably knew he was going to move on.
“You see the influence Kyogo (Furuhashi) has throughout the city. Rangers will likely need a player to come in and make a similar impact, in a similar timescale as well, as Kyogo hit the ground running.
“And at the other end of the pitch, if Allan McGregor decides to hang up the gloves, you’re going to need someone to follow him because that guy puts points on the board, he’s done his whole career as a Rangers goalkeeper. They are big gloves to fill.”
Miller said of her training session: “It was great to be involved, I really enjoyed the session, I counted maybe seven bones on the kids! I’m still young enough that a few of them remembered me.
“It would have been great to have these kinds of things when I was a kid, to go with your friends or meet new friends and have a good level of coach trained. You have a lot of fun and it costs nothing.”
:: Kenny Miller joined children for a McDonald’s Football Fun session at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow. McDonald’s provides free, fun football training for 5-11 year olds across the UK. Find a Football Fun session near you at: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/football