Kenny Miller's Fiorentina switch won't derail Rangers title shot, claims Maurice Edu

Maurice Edu last night insisted Rangers can land the SPL title without Kenny Miller - and send a medal to the departing striker.

Fiorentina are hopeful of concluding a deal for Miller this week after talks between Tuscany and Glasgow. A move to Serie A has remained the player’s preferred option despite Alex McLeish renewing his attempt to lure him to Birmingham City.

The looming loss of their 22-goal top scorer will be seen by some Ibrox supporters as a potentially crippling blow in the fight to attain a third successive championship.

Blues brothers: Maurice Edu is confident Rangers can cope with Kenny Miller's departure

Blues brothers: Maurice Edu is confident Rangers can cope with Kenny Miller's departure

Edu, though, is convinced Rangers can summon sufficient goals from throughout their squad — with £4million front man Nikica Jelavic closing in on fitness — to come out on top once more.

‘It’s one of those situations where we’d all love Kenny to stay — and he will be sorely missed if he does go,’ said Edu, who made his comeback from a knee injury in Monday night’s 3-0 Scottish Cup triumph over Kilmarnock.

Miller time-up: Kenny Miller looks set to move to Serie A

Miller time-up: Kenny Miller looks set to move to Serie A

‘But the guys here will do everything they can to win the league without him. Kenny has played such a huge part in our season that it would be great to win the title and get a medal for him.

‘Everyone is aiming to win trophies and, whether he stays or goes, our goal will be no different — we want to go on and win the championship. We also want to win the cups and have a good run in the Europa League.’

Miller’s exit would mean the loss of a second main goal threat within seven months at Ibrox. However, the way Rangers coped after Kris Boyd’s Bosman move to Middlesbrough last summer gives Edu belief that they can now repeat the trick.

‘The fans may be worried but that’s what happens,’ said Edu. ‘They see a player who has scored more than 20 goals already this season and regard him as an important part of the team.

‘They feel his absence will hurt the team quite a bit. Fans will always voice their opinion but that’s just because they want the best for the club. But I still believe we can win the title without Kenny — I think we have to believe that.

‘The team is bigger than one player. Don’t get me wrong, if he goes he’ll be a big loss because he has been such an influential player this season. But, in saying that, it’s about the rest of us coming together and showing the club is bigger than one individual.’ 


We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

Who is this week's top commenter? Find out now