Nine-in-a-row hero Charlie Miller admits he is looking towards Ibrox with a heavy heart as the club he loves lurches from one crisis to another.
Taking part in a question and answer session alongside fellow Light Blues legend Derek Ferguson in the packed out Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club in Stornoway, Miller spoke of the difficulty in seeing Rangers struggling so much, one and off the field.
Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club manager John Macinnes rolled out the blue carpet for another pair of prized guests which ensured another stellar night for Hebridean Bears.
Miller boasts a proud undefeated Old Firm record of 12 games played against Old Firm rivals Celtic without a single defeat.
And Ferguson, big brother to ex-Gers skipper Barry, made his senior Rangers debut at just 15-years-old in a testimonal for Tom Forsyth in 1983 and his competitive debut followed shortly after in the 1983/1984 season. The pair regaled tales of the glory days for the Ibrox side to a full house who were gripped and thrilled by stories from two great era’s in the history of the Gers - both the 1980s and 1990s.
“John Macinnes asked me to come up and take part in a question and answer session and I was happy to do so,” he said.
“Derek and I came up to tell a few stories and it was a really great night.”
Miller booted his way into Rangers folklore on May 7, 1997 with one cultured swing of his left boot when he whipped in a cross which was headed home by Brian Laudrup for the
goal which sealed nine-in-a-row.
“It was great to be part of it and although I’d have liked to have played a bigger part in it,” said Miller.
“I did make the cross which Brian Laudrup headed in to seal nine-in-a-row which is a big part but I wish I had played more games up to that part but I played my little part and it was a pleasure to be part of it. “Nine-in-a-row was an amazing achievement for me, a wee guy from Castlemilk, playing in one of the greatest nights in Rangers history. It was wonderful to be part of it. Those were great times.”
Great times is one phrase which can definitley not be used to describe the mood and feeling of Rangers fans in 2015 as the club teeter on the edge of the abyss once again.
“It is difficult to see the club you loved and played for in such a bad state on and off the field. It is heartbreaking but there is nothing we can do but keep on supporting them and hope things change.
“The fans have been great but things have just gone on and on and on and everytime they think there’s a wee bit of light at the end of the tunnel there’s another bang, crash again and I can understand why the fans have become disappointed and disillusioned. It’s hard for them and it is hard for everyone.
“I don’t go to the games as much I would like as I have a lot on with coaching youngsters and everything but my son goes most weeks. It is hard to watch at the moment.
“We are all waiting to see what happens on March 4 and hopefully everything gets sorted then and the players could then go on and concentrate on playing and trying to get promoted. Against Hibs I thought they played very well and in my eyes Hibs were fortunate. Rangers didn’t take their chances and that’s what happens.
“It’s not easy and thigns aren’t going their way but hard luck will help things pay off.”
Miller made his Gers breakthrough in an era when few homegrown talents were afforded top team opportunities as the club spent big on foreign imports and big name signings and he became both a fans favourite and mainstay in the first-team squad.
“I was fortunate to get my chance when Rangers had a few injuries at the time and Walter (Smith) gave me my chance,” contineud Miller. “And I loved it. Craig Moore and me came through at around the same time and we are still good friends and I loved being part of such a successful team.
“At the moment I’m doing some coaching and some agent work with John Viola and a few bits and bobs. I still keep in touch with Gazza, Derek McInness, Iain Durrant, Gordon Durie, Bob Malcolm and Barry Ferguson and I saw Fernando Ricksen last week at the benfit match.”
When asked if he had any designs on beginning a career as a top team manager he admitted: “Yes, I hope so.
“I’m doing my badges this summer and I hope to do some coachign with some first teams. I’ve done my education over the past three years coaching kids and obviously it will be different but I believe i could do it.”