Miller - Boyd a big miss
Kenny Miller hopes Rangers can cope without Kris Boyd, but accepts the striker will be a 'big miss'.
Last Updated: 11/07/10 4:00pm
Kenny Miller is optimistic Rangers can cope without Kris Boyd, but accepts the striker will be a 'big miss' next season.
Boyd has quit the SPL champions to join Middlesbrough on a two-year contract, having been top scorer at Ibrox every season since his 2006 arrival from Kilmarnock.
He was regularly partnered in attack by Miller, who believes the SPL all-time leading goalscorer's departure offers a chance for someone else to steal the spotlight.
"Everybody in the dressing room wishes Kris all the best and we hope he does the same for Middlesbrough," Miller told Blues News.
"But we've got to move on. One door closes and another opens.
"There is a chance for somebody to step into his shoes and hopefully score the goals that will take us back to the title this year.
"Boydy is going to be a big miss. It's an incredible level, a consistent level that he showed in the time he was here.
"So he is going to be missed, not only for what he does on the park but he's a good lad and he's a good mate of a lot of the lads in the dressing room. He will be missed."
Miller believes Boyd's exit has provided an opportunity for Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith to finally make their mark, as well as any new arrivals.
"Both have done very well," added Miller. "Laff chipped in with a few important goals towards the end of last season and Naisy had a wee outing up front against Aberdeen at home.
"I really enjoyed it, it was one of the games I probably enjoyed the most towards the end of the season. I thought we played some great stuff that day.
"It's an opportunity, whether we sign somebody in that position or whether it's down to the lads like myself, Laff and Naisy to fill the positions and score the goals.
"It's up to us to show in pre-season what we can offer to the team to steal those two places."