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  • June 5, 2019
    Rangers manager Mark Warburton says veteran striker Kenny Miller is the ideal role model for young players at the club. The pair were named Scottish Championship manager and player of the month for January after the league leaders clocked up five successive victories during the period.Miller, 36, scored five goals in that unbeaten run which lifted the Gers eight points clear of nearest challengers Hibs and Warburton is convinced there is more to come from the former Celtic striker. Rangers Kenny Miller was awarded the Ladbrokes Championship Player of the Month for January as he scored five goals in five games Speaking ahead of Saturdays Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Kilmarnock - live on Sky Sports - the former City trader said: Im delighted with Kenny. I said to you right at the start when he entered his new contract that it wasnt a sympathy vote, it was a well-earned contract.His quality in training, his attitude in training is first class and hes a great role model to younger players. But you have to work hard for your contract and Kenny did that so I am delighted for him.He is still hungry to play and the younger players in our squad learn from him when they watch him train every day. Miller bags one of his five January goals in victory over Morton And Miller, who has been capped 68 times by Scotland, admits he has no intention of calling time on a glittering career which has seen him win league titles and Scottish Cups with both Glasgow clubs.Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ he said: Since we lost to Falkirk just before Christmas weve managed to win seven games playing some fantastic stuff and scoring a lot of goals while keeping the back door shut.Its been good to get a run in the team as Ive not really had many consecutive games of football. Obviously the team has been playing great, creating chances and now we are back to scoring goals.Miller is looking forward to welcoming former team-mate Lee McCulloch back to Ibrox this weekend after he was handed the reins at Rugby Park following the departure of Gary Locke last weekend. Lee McCulloch looking no further ahead than Ibrox on Saturday McCulloch played over 200 games during an eight-year spell at Ibrox and Miller is confident he, and his team, will receive a warm welcome from the supporters this weekend.He said: It will be great to welcome Lee and the lads back. Stevie Smith and Kris Boyd are obviously former players too and Im sure theyll all get a warm welcome.Obviously since the draw Lee has made the step up to the managers role so Im sure hes looking forward to the game. Its a fantastic opportunity for him.And coaching is something I have thought of myself. When Jig [McCulloch] was here we used to sit every morning talking about football - Lee Wallace and myself still do it now - and coaching is definitely something I want to go into. But like I say, hopefully I still have a few years left as a player yet.And McCulloch is refusing to look further than Saturdays match when asked if he would like to be considered for the role at Kilmarnock on a full-time basis.The former Scotland midfielder, who moved to the Ayrshire club last summer, said: Its been a stressful few days, put it that way. But I dont know, its maybe too early in my short coaching, managerial careerIts just all about the next couple of days, enjoying Saturday and then well take it from there. But what a first game to have. It will certainly be a great atmosphere.While bookmakers have priced Warburtons side up as clear favourites, Killie striker Rory McKenzie says you dont have to look too far back to see how vulnerable they can be when faced with Premiership opposition. Rory McKenzie - Rangers can be beaten Going by form, they are top of their league and we are second bottom of ours, so I would say Rangers have to be favourites, said the Scotland U21 international.But we are not scared. We have watched enough of Rangers this season to know they are a good team but we watched St Johnstone go there (won 3-1 in the League Cup last September) and if you go there with a game plan they can be beaten. Also See: Rangers video Rangers fixtures Rangers stats Sky Bet Club Cheap Custom Jerseys . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. Custom Jerseys Wholesale . 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Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Malcolm Hill made sure Illinois didnt step off the gas pedal Friday night so that the Illini could took care of business against Detroit Mercy, 89-69.The senior, who scored 25 points, led his team to a quick start after the intermission, when his team was up 39-30 and it seemed like the Titans would close the gap even more.Im always in an aggressive attack more, but this was one of those games where I needed to start strong in the second half, Hill said.Illinois (4-0) continued its strong start to the season in the opening game of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.The Illini had little trouble scoring, shooting 27of 52 from the field and 8 of 19 from 3-point range. Friday marked the second straight game the Illini had difficulty shooting from the free throw line however, finishing 27of 38.Tracy Abrams continued to have a strong return to basketball, scoring 15 points and finishing with four rebounds, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range.Groce knows the importance a balanced offense can have on his team.If you can have a balance of paint touches with that outside shooting, it puts opponents in dilemmas, Groce said.Detroit Mercy (1-2) had trouble keeping up with Illinois fast offensive pace from the start of the game. The Titans never led.Josh McFolley and Jaleel Hogan both led the way with 16 points for a team that finished shooting 43 percent from the field and 24 percent from beyond the arc.The Titans fell behind in most categories against the Illini, butt Detroit Mercy head coach Bacari Alexander felt Illinois won the game down in the post, where the Illini won the rebound battle 39-29.ddddddddddddThey took advantage of those opportunities (in the post), Alexander said. (But) I like the direction this team is going in.BIG PICTUREIllinois: The Illini have played as they should against the type of opponents theyve faced so far this year. The team has one game left against relatively easy competition before facing No. 19 West Virginia at the Barclays Center in New York.Detroit Mercy: Although the game was never really close after the first few minutes, the Titans found some scoring opportunities and will need to continue to do that in the rest of the tournament.ROLE PLAYERGroce thought bench player D.J. Williams had his best overall performance of the year. The sophomore wing scored six points.LETDOWNAfter a strong start to the season, center Maverick Morgan had his worst night of the season, finishing with six points and zero rebounds and fouling out with more than five minutes left in the game.UP NEXTIllinois will continue play in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament when it hosts Winthrop in Champaign on Monday.Detroit Mercy will try to bounce back Monday when it travels to Florida State to play its second game in the NIT Season Tip-Off.---More AP college basketball: ' ' '