KENNY MILLER admits that since leaving Rangers in January 2011 he hoped he could return to the club and he is thrilled Ally McCoist has given him that opportunity.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV.tv at Murray Park he said: “It’s amazing. It’s obviously been a long time coming and it’s no secret I’ve been trying to come back for probably a few transfer windows now.
“So to get back now and play a part in what will be a tough Championship league next year is great. That’s an understatement to be honest and I’ve not had the smile off my face since I knew it was going to happen.
“It was always my first choice but in football you can’t pick and choose where you go. I’ve just been fortunate enough that there’s people in charge that still believe in me and still want me to come back and play a part in their squad.
“It was something that, after spending a few years across in Canada and with the little one going to school as well in the next few months, was always on the radar to come back to Britain at the end of my time in Vancouver.
“For me the first choice was Rangers Football Club and I’m absolutely over the moon that it’s managed to go that way.”
Following his move away from Rangers in January 2011 Miller has played in Turkey with Bursaspor, Wales with Cardiff City and Canada with MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps but when there was a break in fixtures he was regularly given the chance to train at Murray Park to maintain his fitness.
He said: “Obviously I’ve been here twice now and over the close seasons I’ve spent a few months – each November, December and January – in here training and doing rehab this year.
“I felt so comfortable and I always felt relaxed coming in, the people at the club were fantastic.
“To be honest I just can’t wait for the first game and walking out in front of that Ibrox crowd again."
Leaving Rangers for Bursaspor midway through the 2010/11 campaign was a tough decision for Miller and it is one he now regrets.
Walter Smith’s side went on to claim their third SPL title on the bounce with Kenny the club’s top scorer with 22 goals. Looking back he wished he had stayed and added a few more to his tally.
“To be honest I’ve said a lot in the past that I’ve tried to have no regrets in my career but that is probably the one I look back on.
“Different things were in the decision making process there and without going into too many details it was made clear to me that the contract I felt I deserved at that time wasn’t really going to be on the table.
“I remember the Wednesday night that it was confirmed that I was going to be going. I think we were playing Inverness at Ibrox and if you spoke to my wife I was in the car with a tear in my eye. I knew I didn’t really want to do it.
“I could have had 40 goals at the end of that season. The way things were going and the way the team was playing there was a big chance I could have finished with a lot of goals that year.
“It would have been great but we just felt rather than waiting until the end of the season - and the way it was looking was that I would have had to move on anyway - we thought it was the time to move then.
“That is definitely a regret I have and probably since the minute I left this club and within a few months of leaving I’ve been trying to come back.
“This place is massive for me and like I said before it does feel like I’m coming home now.”
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