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Kenny Miller
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Miller
Date of birth 23 December 1979 (1979-12-23) (age 30)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 18
Youth career
1996–1998 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Hibernian 45 (12)
1998–1999 Stenhousemuir (loan) 11 (8)
2000–2001 Rangers 30 (8)
2001 Wolves (loan) 5 (2)
2001–2006 Wolves 162 (50)
2006–2007 Celtic 33 (7)
2007–2008 Derby County 30 (4)
2008– Rangers 52 (23)
National team
2000-2001 Scotland U21 7 (2)
2003 Scotland B 1 (0)
2001– Scotland 46 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Kenneth "Kenny" Miller (born 23 December 1979 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Scottish Premier League side Rangers and the Scottish national team.

Miller began his career at Hibernian before moving on to Rangers then to the English First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he won his first career honour, the 2003 First Division play-off final. After five seasons with Wolverhampton, Miller returned to Scotland, signing for the other side of the Old Firm. In his first derby match since returning to Glasgow, Miller netted the second goal in a 2-0 win for Celtic on 23 September 2006. He finished the season with a Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup winners medal and soon after moved to Derby County. After only one season with Derby he returned to Scotland for the second time in his career to play with Rangers.

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Club career

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Hibernian

Miller's big break came when he signed for Hibernian, and made his debut during the end of the 1997-98 season. A loan spell at Stenhousemuir saw Miller score five doubles—10 goals—in 11 league and Scottish Cup games, before he returned to Hibernian to establish himself as a regular player. Highlights of his four years at the club included being top scorer in season 1999-00 and receiving the Scottish Young Player of the Year award in 2000.

Rangers

Miller signed for Rangers at a cost of GB£2 million on 26 June 2000.[1] He made his debut in a 4-1 win over FBK Kaunas on 26 July during a Champions League qualifier.[2] His first goal came on 5 August 2000 during a Scottish Premier League match away to Kilmarnock, scoring the third in a 4-2 win.[3]

Three months later, Miller netted five goals (a Scottish Premier League record) during a 7-1 home defeat of St Mirren.[4] More goals followed against AS Monaco and Aberdeen and helped him to a tally of ten goals from just fourteen games. However, chances became limited thereafter and as the season came to a close he was to net only once more, against Brechin City in the Scottish Cup.

In September 2001, he went to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three-month loan, scoring two goals in his first two games. However, during his third appearance, Miller broke his collarbone in a fall. During the next two months, Wolves and Rangers had lengthy discussions over his future. Wolves finally secured him on a permanent transfer at a cost of £3 million, on a four and a half year deal.[5] Miller had made a total of 38 appearances and scored 11 goals for Rangers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In 2002-03 Miller found himself back in the starting 11, but he had only managed six goals in 19 starts. However, during the final six months of the season he scored 18 goals in his final 24 appearances of that campaign, including in the play-off final that saw the club win promotion.

In the 2003-04 season, Miller started off the season in the physiotherapy room; it was not until October that he made his first Premiership start. He went on to play in a 4-5-1 formation for the following few months, situated in a right-wing role. This led to frustration on Miller's part, and his only goals up until January came in the League, and FA Cup, against Burnley, and a double against Kidderminster. The next Saturday, Wolves beat Manchester United 1-0 with Miller hitting the winner in the 65th minute. Miller then grabbed a last minute equalizer against Liverpool the following Wednesday. Despite starting many games from then on in a striker's role, those were to be Miller's only Premier League goals and Wolves were relegated at the end of the season.

In the summer of 2004, Miller handed in a transfer request over lack of first team opportunities. Despite having a tense relationship with the Wolves manager at the time, Dave Jones, he started the 2004-05 season in good form for the club scoring seven goals in his first 10 games at Wolves. The appointment of Glenn Hoddle signalled a new start for Miller, and he formed a successful partnership with Carl Cort, ending the 2004-05 season with 21 goals.

In the summer of the 2005-06 season, his form attracted the attention of the newly promoted Premiership team Sunderland, but Wolves rejected their £1m and £1.2m offers[6] and Miller began the new season as a Wolves player. Despite only playing in his natural position on few occasions, Miller still ended the season with 12 goals, and ended the season as top scorer - the third time in Wolves last three Championship campaigns. Miller played 191 games for Wolves and scored 63 goals during his five years with the club.

Celtic

When Miller's contract expired at the end of that season, he transferred to Celtic for free under the Bosman ruling. He signed a pre-contract agreement in January after refusing to sign a new deal at Wolves a month earlier.[7] Miller became only the third player since World War II to have played for both sides of the Old Firm - following Alfie Conn and Maurice Johnston.

He was handed the number nine jersey upon his arrival and, despite being praised by many for his overall performances, failed to score in his first nine games for Celtic. He finally scored his first goal, against Old Firm rivals and former employers Rangers at Celtic Park in September 2006.[8] He proceeded to score in Celtic's 1–0 UEFA Champions League win against Copenhagen from the penalty spot[9] and netted two in the 3–0 win over Benfica.[10] By scoring in the 2006-07 Champions League season, Miller became the first player to score goals in the Champions League proper for both Rangers and Celtic. However, he ended the season with only four league goals. He did play in the 2007 Scottish Cup Final, before being substituted because of an injury. Despite hints from the player himself that he would leave to get more first-team opportunities, Miller vowed to stay at the club and fight for his place at the club. Miller scored his first goal in his first appearance of the 2007-08 season in a 4–1 victory over Falkirk and added to his collection the following week by scoring a brace against Aberdeen. He netted 11 goals in total for the club in 46 appearances. Rumours of an apparent internal bust-up between Miller and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell were rife after Miller left Celtic for Derby County, for a fee worth up to £3million.

Derby County

After speculation he would leave Celtic, Miller signed a three year deal with newly promoted Premier League club Derby County on 31 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £3 million, but later confirmed by Derby County manager Paul Jewell to be closer to £2.25m.[11]

Miller started well at his new club, scoring in his first two home matches, including the winner on his league debut for the Rams against Newcastle United in a 1–0 win on 17 September 2007, a strike which won the club's Goal Of The Season award. However, following this initial success Miller netted just twice in his next 28 league fixtures.

With Derby looking likely candidates for relegation Miller expressed a desire to move just over 6 months after joining the club - with a return to Rangers a possible destination [12], though his manager Jewell insisted any move would have to be financially fair for Derby. [11]

Return to Rangers

A fee of £2 million was agreed between Rangers and Derby allowing Miller to enter into discussions about a transfer back to Ibrox on 10 June 2008.[13] The deal was completed on 13 June.[14] Miller's return to Ibrox means he is one of only a few players to cross the Old Firm divide twice.[15]

Miller made his second debut for the club on 30 July 2008 in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against FBK Kaunas, who he played during his first Rangers debut.[16] He netted a brace in the first Old Firm game of the season on 31 August 2008.[17] He followed this up with a further two goals against former employers Hibernian at Easter Road a month later. Miller played in the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final in March 2009 but Rangers lost the match 2-0 to Celtic after extra time. However in the same season he won a league winners medal with Rangers after winning the title on the final day of the season and followed it up with a 2009 Scottish Cup winners medal.

Miller had an injury ridden start to the 2009-10 season, but gave a Man of the Match performance in the first Old Firm game of the season, scoring both of Rangers' goals in a 2-1 win.

International career

Miller made his international debut under Craig Brown on 25 April 2001. He was a 80th minute substitute for Scott Booth during a 1-1 friendly match against Poland.[18] He had to wait nearly two years for his second appearance when he was selected for a 2004 UEFA European Championship qualifyier by the then manager Berti Vogts in March 2003. Miller started the match at home to Iceland and scored within the first ten minutes to give Scotland the lead.[19]

Miller has remained a constant presence in the Scotland team under the management of Berti Vogts, Walter Smith and Alex McLeish, often playing as part of a two-man attack or as a lone striker.

He has scored goals in crucial games against several teams, including Germany and Ukraine. In 2005, Miller scored in three consecutive internationals, with goals against Austria, Italy and Norway.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2003 Glasgow, Scotland  Iceland 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
2 7 June 2003 Glasgow, Scotland  Germany 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
3 17 August 2005 Graz, Austria  Austria 1–0 2–2 Friendly match
4 3 September 2005 Glasgow, Scotland  Italy 1–0 1–1 FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
5 7 September 2005 Oslo, Norway  Norway 1–0 2–1 FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
6 7 September 2005 Oslo, Norway  Norway 2–0 2–1 FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
7 1 March 2006 Glasgow, Scotland  Switzerland 1–2 1–3 Friendly match
8 2 September 2006 Glasgow, Scotland  Faroe Islands 4–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
9 6 September 2006 Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 2–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
10 13 October 2007 Glasgow, Scotland  Ukraine 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
11 26 March 2008 Glasgow, Scotland  Croatia 1–1 1–1 Friendly match

Career statistics

Correct as of 14 February 2010

Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other[20] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 1997-98 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1998-99 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 1
Stenhousemuir (loan) 11 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 13 10
Hibernian 1999-00 31 11 5 1 2 1 0 0 38 13
Rangers 2000-01 27 8 3 1 1 1 4 1 35 11
2001-02 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Wolves 22 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 23 2
2002-03 43 19 4 3 2 1 3 1 52 24
2003-04 25 2 3 2 2 1 0 0 30 5
2004-05 44 19 2 0 1 1 0 0 47 20
2005-06 35 10 2 0 2 2 0 0 39 12
Celtic 2006-07 31 4 4 1 1 0 8 3 44 8
2007-08 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Derby County 30 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 33 6
Rangers 2008-09 30 10 5 3 1 0 2 0 38 13
2009-10 21 13 3 2 0 0 5 0 29 15
Rangers total 81 31 11 6 2 1 11 1 105 39
Career total 369 114 37 17 13 7 24 5 441 143

Honours

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2003

Celtic

2007
2007

Rangers

2009
2009

References

  1. ^ "Rangers conclude Miller deal". BBC Sport. 26 June 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/scottish_premier/800045.stm. 
  2. ^ "Rangers struggle against minnows". BBC Sport. 26 July 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/851961.stm. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gers fight back to beat Killie". BBC Sport. 5 August 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/867391.stm. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rangers romp back to form". BBC Sport. 4 November 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/1006796.stm. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wolves seal Miller deal". BBC Sport. 13 December 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/1705888.stm. 
  6. ^ "McCarthy drops interest in Miller". BBC Sport. 6 July 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/4657609.stm. 
  7. ^ "Celtic sign ex-Rangers man Miller". BBC Sport. 19 January 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/4614740.stm. 
  8. ^ "Celtic 2-0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 23 September 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/5369288.stm. 
  9. ^ "Celtic 1-0 Copenhagen". BBC Sport. 26 September 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/5377072.stm. 
  10. ^ "Celtic 3-0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 17 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/6054824.stm. 
  11. ^ a b "Jewell Demands Fair Miller Price". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/7280869.stm. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Miller would relish Ibrox return". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/7237529.stm. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Rangers close in on Miller deal". BBC Sport website. 10 June 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/7422674.stm. 
  14. ^ "Miller makes way back to Gers". BBC Sport. 13 June 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7422674.stm. 
  15. ^ "Miller to follow in 100-year-old footsteps" Daily Record. 28 May 2008.
  16. ^ "Rangers 0-0 FBK Kaunas". BBC Sport. 30 July 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7528547.stm. 
  17. ^ "Celtic 2-4 Rangers" BBC Sport. 31 August 2008.
  18. ^ "Scotland hold Poland" BBC Sport. 25 April 2001.
  19. ^ "Wilkie wins it for Scotland" BBC Sport. 29 March 2003.
  20. ^ Includes Europe, Football League play-offs

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Simple English

Kenny Miller
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Miller
Date of birth 23 December 1979 (1979-12-23) (age 31)
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 18
Senior clubs
Years Club
1997-2000
1999
2000-2001
2001-2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-
Hibernian
→Stenhousemuir (loan)
Rangers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Celtic
Derby County
Rangers
National team
2001- Scotland

Kenny Miller (born 23 December 1979) is a Scottish football player. He plays for Rangers and Scotland national team. He is a centre forward.

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Club career

Hibernian

Kenny started his career at Hibernian, and made his debut in the 1997/98 season. He was loaned to Stenhousemuir where he scored 10 goals in 11 games. He spent four years at the club, and was the Scottish Premier League top scorer in season 1999/00 and received the Scottish Young Player of the Year award in 2000.

Rangers

Kenny signed for Rangers for £2 million in June 2000..[1] He made his debut in a 4-1 win against FBK Kaunas on 26 July during a Champions League match.[2] His first goal came on 5 August 2000 during an SPL match away to Kilmarnock, scoring the third in a 4-2 win.[3]

Three months later, Miller netted five goals (a Scottish Premier League record) during a 7-1 home defeat of St. Mirren.[4] More goals against Monaco and Aberdeen meant he had ten goals from just fourteen games. However, until the end of the season, Miller only scored once more, against Brechin City in the Scottish Cup.

In September 2001, he went to Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) on a three-month loan, scoring two goals in his first two games. However, during his third match, Miller broke his shoulder in a fall. During the next two months, Wolves and Rangers had talks over his future. Wolves finally bought him on a permanent deal at a cost of £3 million.[5] Miller had made a total of 38 appearances and scored 11 goals for Rangers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In 2002/03 Miller was playing most games for Wolves, but he had only managed six goals in 19 games. However, during the final six months of the season he scored 18 goals in his final 24 appearances. He equalled a club record of scoring in six consecutive games. That helped Wolves gain promotion into the English Premier League.

In the summer of the 2005/06 season, the newly promoted Premiership team Sunderland wanted to sign Miller, but Wolves rejected their £1m and £1.2m offers[6] and Miller began the new season as a Wolves player. Miller scored 12 goals, and ended the season as top scorer - the third time in Wolves last three seasons. Miller played more than 190 games for Wolves and scored more than 60 goals during his five years with the club.

Celtic

When Miller's contract finished at the end of that season, he transferred to Celtic for free under special rules, caled the Bosman ruling. He signed an agreement in January after refusing to sign a new deal at Wolves a month earlier.[7] Miller became only the third player since the war to have played for both sides of the Old Firm - following Alfie Conn and Maurice Johnston.

Despite being praised by many for his overall performances, Miller failed to score in his first nine games for Celtic. He finally scored his first goal, against Old Firm rivals and former employers Rangers at Celtic Park in September 2006.[8] He then went on to score in Celtic's 1–0 Champions League win against Copenhagen from the penalty spot[9] and scored two in the 3–0 win over Benfica.[10] By scoring in the 2006/07 Champions League season, Miller became the first player to score goals in the Champions League for both Rangers and Celtic. However, he ended the season with only four league goals. He did play in the 2007 Scottish Cup final, before being substituted because of an injury. Despite hints from the player himself that he would leave to get more first-team opportunities, Miller vowed to stay at the club and fight for his place at the club. Miller scored his first goal in his first appearance of the 2007/08 season in a 4–1 victory over Falkirk and added to his collection the following week by scoring against Aberdeen. He scored 11 goals in total for the club in 46 appearances.

Derby County

Miller signed a three year deal with newly promoted English Premier League club Derby County on 31 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £3 million, but later confirmed by Derby County manager Paul Jewell to be closer to £2.25m. [11]

Miller started well at his new club, scoring in his first two home matches, including the winner on his league debut for the Rams against Newcastle United in a 1–0 win on 17 September 2007, a strike which won the club's Goal Of The Season award. However, following this initial success Miller netted just twice in his next 28 league fixtures.

With Derby looking like they would be relegated Miller said he would like to move just over 6 months after joining the club - with a return to Rangers his preferred destination [12], though his manager Jewell insisted any move would have to be financially fair for Derby. [11]

Return to Rangers

A fee of £2m was agreed between Rangers and Derby allowing Miller to move back to Ibrox.[13] The deal was completed on 13 June.[14] Miller's return to Ibrox means he is one of only a few players to cross the Old Firm divide twice.[15]

Miller made his second debut for the club on 30 July 2008 in a UEFA Champions League qualifier gainst FBK Kaunas.[16] He scored in the first Old Firm game of the season on 31 August 2008. [17] He followed this up with a further two goals against former employers Hibernian at Easter Road on 28 September 2008, then adding his sixth goal back in a Rangers shirt at Rugby Park in a 4-0 win over Kilmarnock.

International career

Since making his Scotland national team debut in 2001, Miller has remained a player in the Scotland team under the management of Berti Vogts, Walter Smith and Alex McLeish.

He has scored goals in crucial games against several teams, including Germany and Ukraine. In 2005, Miller scored in three consecutive internationals, with goals against Austria, Italy and Norway.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
1997/98HibernianPremier Division700000-70
1998/99First Division710010-81
1998/99StenhousemuirThird Division1182200-1310
1999/00HibernianPremier League30105121-3712
2000/01RangersPremier League2783111413511
2001/02300000-30
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02Wolverhampton WanderersFirst Division2021000-212
2002/0346204321-5224
2003/04Premier League2523221-305
2004/05League Championship44192011-4720
2005/0635102022-3912
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07CelticPremier League314411083448
2007/082300000023
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2007/08Derby CountyPremier League3043200-336
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2008/09RangersPremier League30105310203813
2009/10
CountryScotland 148441986214418758
England 2006715775-22279
Total 3481113415137144409137

International career statistics

[18]

Scotland national team
YearAppsGoals
200110
200200
200372
200490
200584
200643
200761
200851
200960
2010
Total4611

References

  1. "Rangers conclude Miller deal". BBC Sport website. 26 June 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/scottish_premier/800045.stm. 
  2. "Rangers 4-1 FBK Kaunas". Soccerbase. 26 July 2000. http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=286133. 
  3. "Kilmarnock 2-4 Rangers". Soccerbase. 5 August 2000. http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=286516. 
  4. "Rangers 7-1 St Mirren". Soccerbase. 4 November 2000. http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=294591. 
  5. "Wolves seal Miller deal". BBC Sport website. 13 December 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/1705888.stm. 
  6. "McCarthy drops interest in Miller". BBC Sport website. 6 July 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/4657609.stm. 
  7. "Celtic sign ex-Rangers man Miller". BBC Sport website. 19 January 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/4614740.stm. 
  8. "Celtic 2-0 Rangers". BBC Sport website. 23 September 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/5369288.stm. 
  9. "Celtic 1-0 Copenhagen". BBC Sport website. 26 September 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/5377072.stm. 
  10. "Celtic 3-0 Benfica". BBC Sport website. 17 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/6054824.stm. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Jewell Demands Fair Miller Price". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/7280869.stm. Retrieved 2008. 
  12. "Miller would relish Ibrox return". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/7237529.stm. Retrieved 2008. 
  13. "Rangers close in on Miller deal". BBC Sport website. 2008-06-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/7422674.stm. 
  14. "Miller makes way back to Gers". BBC Sport website. 13 June 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7422674.stm. 
  15. "Miller to follow in 100-year-old footsteps" DailyRecord.co.uk (28 May 2008)
  16. "Rangers 0-0 FBK Kaunas" BBC Sport website (30 July 2008)
  17. "Celtic 2-4 Rangers" BBC Sport website (31 August 2008)
  18. http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=5890


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