Miller brace sends Rangers top

 

Kenny Miller returned to haunt another former club as his clinical first-half double helped Rangers beat Hibernian 3-0 and send them back to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The former Celtic striker, who netted twice at Parkhead last month, finished off two Kirk Broadfoot assists with a diving header and 20-yard curler at Hibernian on Sunday.

Souleymane Bamba and Ian Murray came close for the hosts but Rangers were comfortable after the break and Madjid Bougherra's first goal in Scottish football rounded off their win.

After the match Rangers manager Walter Smith was happy enough with his side's performance.

He told Setanta Sports 1: "We're very satisfied with the performance. I felt we played very well.

"We started very well the first 25 minutes or so. Hibs came into the game a little bit towards the end of the first half.

"Overall, [it was] a really good win at what has always prove a difficult place for us to come and win."

Smith believes Miller is benefiting from regular first team football since his summer return to Ibrox while he also praised Broadfoot for his contribution.

"I think Kenny's enjoying playing on a regular basis again," Smith said.

"It's good to see him get a finish.

"He's doing well, Kirk, in that respect. He had had plenty of opportunities to get forward.

"He had a few good deliveries in the first half of the game."

Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen was scathing about the way his team started the game.

"We never started our passing from the first minute," he said. "It was really, really poor, giving the ball away far too easily.

"Defensively we were all over the place. We then got three fantastic opportunities to score a goal and take the lead.

"We didn't take those chances and they punished us. Again, we were on the back foot, we were on our heels, not on our toes and sharp.

"Sharp strikers like Kenny Miller, they punish you."