Forrmer Rangers and Celtic striker admits desire to keep playing will have a huge bearing in considering management opportunity


Former Scotland and Rangers striker Kenny Miller admits his reluctance to retire will have a huge bearing in considering the possibility of becoming the new player/manager at Livingston.

The 38-year-old is out of contract after an acrimonious ending to his third stint at Rangers and has already held talks with Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes about moving to Pittodrie, while former club Hibs have also been linked with the player.

The Lions regard Millar as a prime candidate to succeed David Hopkin in the dugout and lead the team in their first season back in the Premiership.

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However, the one-time Celtic forward admits he has already been advised by close associates that taking on a dual role at Livingston will prove difficult.

And the 69-times capped former internationalist insists he is in no hurry to bring the curtain down on a playing career that began 20 years ago at Easter Road.

Miller said: “I’m speaking to a lot of people to get some advice on it (Livingston); is it possible for a start, is there going to be too much hard work involved? Knowing how I am that I’m obsessed with playing or coaching or managing. 

“It might be tough to combine (the two roles). 

“Everyone else thinks it’s either one or the other, but playing has to be a big part of it because you’re a long time retired. 

“When you speak to any ex-players, they always say play as long as you can so that is something I’m definitely thinking about, but when you get these opportunities you’ve got to give it a lot of thought, which I’m going through at the moment.”

Miller admits he hopes to make a decision on his future within the next fortnight.

The veteran marksman, who has launched an appeal along with Rangers defender Lee Wallace over the fines meted out by the club following a dressing room incident involving then manager Graeme Murty in the wake of April’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic, added: “I’m still going through a process of speaking to people about what they think, a few offers have been made and I want to take my time and give people the courtesy they deserve, speak to them and do it right. 

“Everyone is going back within the next or two and I would be hoping to have something tied up before then.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, Miller added: “What happened at the end of last season has just made me more hungry and I’m absolutely dying to get back to work.”