Miller ready for Celtic
Kenny Miller insists that his first return to Celtic Park as a Rangers player holds no fears for him.
By Pete Oliver
Last Updated: 27/08/08 11:00pm
Scotland international Kenny Miller has no fears over his first return to Celtic Park as a Rangers player.
Miller left Celtic just over a year ago to spend a season in the Premier League with Derby County before returning to start a second spell with Rangers.
The striker will be back at Celtic for the first big derby of the season on Sunday and insists he is ready to take on the SPL Champions.
"The Old Firm games are the big fixtures of the season and I was happy to see it come so early," said Miller.
"I'm looking forward to the game and hopefully I get the nod to play up front in it.
"I'm definitely looking forward to it - there is no fear whatsoever. As a Rangers player you always look to the Old Firm games.
"Those are the games you want to win, you want to play a part in and, as a forward, it's a dream to score in them."
Miller's recent history has led to a negative response among some supporters on both sides of the Old Firm divide but Miller, who is yet to score since his Rangers' return, hopes a match-winning performance will remove any lingering animosity towards him from the Ibrox supporters.
He added: "It's the game the fans look to so if I'm playing a part and it's a positive result for us, I'm sure they will look on it positively.
"Hopefully I can go out and change a few minds on the day. I don't think they have been bad at all.
"There is obviously a special set of circumstances coming back here and I always knew there would be a few opposing it, which is to be expected.
"But the majority have been fantastic and the little but of negative reaction hasn't hindered my performances."
Manager Walter Smith is confident that Miller will not be affected by any criticism that comes his way as Rangers look for the win that would lift them above Celtic and possibly back to the top of the SPL.
"I don't think it will," said Smith. "I'm sure there will be the usual banter between fans but it's not something that's going to affect him.
"He is an experienced enough player to handle it."