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Miller wants McGregor between the sticks at Ibrox

Kenny Miller wants to see Allan McGregor retain the gloves for tomorrow's Old Firm derby -- a week after the Rangers goalkeeper was attacked after a night out.

McGregor was thought to be a doubt for the Ibrox clash after sustaining injuries to his eye in the disturbance in Glasgow city centre in the early hours of last Sunday.

It is not the first time the player has courted controversy off the field but boss Walter Smith yesterday revealed he would not be disciplined by the club, while confirming he was fit and available for selection.

And, as far as Miller is concerned, there is no doubt in his mind that McGregor should be in the starting line-up for one of the biggest games of the season when bitter rivals Celtic come calling in a match that could have a huge bearing on the title race.

"He is a fantastic goalie and we want our best players on the pitch," said the striker.

"Allan has shown what he can do for the team over the last few seasons and he is a big, big player for us.

"I don't pick the team but he has been our No1 for a few years now and we would love to see him in the line-up."

While McGregor has been passed fit, Rangers received another boost with the news that Robbie Keane is a major doubt for Celtic after failing to train all week.

Keane -- who joined on loan from Tottenham last month -- was one of eight players recruited by Hoops boss Tony Mowbray last month, while Rangers failed to add a single player.

But, far from being at a disadvantage, Miller believes the Scottish champions' experience of the famous fixture could give them the edge over Celtic's debutants.

"It's always handy when you know what these kind of games are about," he said.

"You always read in the press about lads saying they never really expected the game to be so quick or the atmosphere to be how it was.

"Celtic have a lot of good players and have signed a lot of good players in the January transfer window, and the noises coming from their camp is that the league's not over and they still fancy their chances.

"That's great because it's far from over. But it's a huge game and, if we win the game, it does put a lot of daylight between us."

However, boss Smith is less convinced that previous Old Firm experience will make much of a difference when the first whistle sounds at Ibrox.

"I'm not sure whether it's an advantage or not," he said.

"If you have played football in Britain, you know an Old Firm derby is a big game. It's one that everybody would look forward to seeing and one that every footballer would look forward to taking part in.

"I'm not sure having players who have never been involved in an Old Firm derby is a big thing. I think if you are a good player you handle that without any problem."


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