Smith sings Miller's praises
Rangers boss Walter Smith singled out Kenny Miller for special praise after his side's 4-2 win over Celtic.
Last Updated: 31/08/08 4:22pm
Rangers boss Walter Smith singled out Kenny Miller for special praise after his side's 4-2 win over Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season.
Miller struck twice against his old club to register his first goals for Rangers since his controversial return to Ibrox.
Smith was delighted with Miller's showing and hopes the goals will help win over his critics among the Rangers faithful
"I thought Kenny played well. It seems to be the case quite often in football that people score against their former clubs and that was the case here," Smith told the club's official website.
"I'm just pleased we managed to get the goals we needed and it doesn't bother me who scores them.
Win people over
"But Kenny played well today and if his performance doesn't win people over, we've got a bit of a problem. I don't know what he would need to do.
"He has got his goals now so it is over with and hopefully he can go on to get a few more as the season goes on."
Smith admitted Miller's first goal to put Rangers 2-1 up was crucial in the outcome of the game.
"We are obviously pleased to win the game. It was quite open and we were delighted to get the first goal then disappointed at losing one shortly afterwards," added Smith.
"It was a scrappy one from our point of view and 1-1 was probably just about right at half-time.
Upper hand"But whoever gets the first goal of the second half in Old Firm games often goes on to have the have the upper hand.
"We managed to score then add another quite quickly and it was always going to be difficult for Celtic to come back after that.
"You are always on edge when you come here but in the end, it was a terrific victory at a place where it is very difficult for any team to get a win and our players did very well."