Kenny Miller Insists Jack Butland and James Tavernier Must Stay Amidst Rebuild

Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller has called for the club to retain key players Jack Butland and James Tavernier as they enter a period of transition.

Miller acknowledged the need for significant changes to Philippe Clement’s squad, following Celtic’s dominance in the Scottish Premiership.

“If you’re talking about building a new-look side there has to be a core and a spine,” Miller said. “For me, Jack Butland is absolutely vital to that.”

Miller downplayed Butland’s error in the Scottish Cup Final, emphasizing the goalkeeper’s overall contributions.

“The keeper has been outstanding since his arrival,” Miller continued. “There could be bids for him this summer, and a monster offer might need to be accepted. But if Clement had the choice he’d rather keep Butland, and I think it’s imperative that he’s No.1 next season.”

Miller also highlighted the importance of retaining captain James Tavernier.

“After Butland, the next guy I’d want to keep would be the captain,” Miller stated. “Everyone knows I’m a huge fan and, despite some criticism, you can’t argue with what he gives the team going forward.”

With Tavernier having two years remaining on his contract, Miller expects him to lead the team “unless a big bid comes in.”

Miller identified the striking department as a priority area for improvement.

“This is the key area the manager has to address this summer,” Miller stressed. “It simply wasn’t up to scratch last season, when you compare it to Celtic’s forward line.”

Miller suggested potential loan deals for Abdallah Sima and Oscar Cortes, while advocating for a permanent striker signing.

“He should probably have done it in January,” Miller said regarding a new striker. “But if he does get a new striker in, I can’t see Dessers and Danilo being happy as back-ups.”

Miller believes a new striker could lead to the departure of either Cyriel Dessers or Danilo, who managed just one goal between them last season.