Miller gains favour at the double

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Kenny Miller hopes he will now be accepted by fans after helping bring success back to Rangers.

The striker was an unpopular signing when he returned to Ibrox last summer for a second spell at the club, having spent a year with their bitter rivals Celtic. He was well aware that it would take time and hard work to win over the supporters who opposed his return and jeered him in the early part of the season.

However, those jeers turned to cheers on Saturday when he helped Rangers clinch a domestic double by adding the Scottish Cup to the Premier League title.

Referring to the moment fans started to chant his name, Miller (right) said: "It means a lot. To come back to the club after where I played before was always going to be hard, but I think success was always going to bring different views."

Rangers claimed both the Scottish Cup and Co-operative Insurance Cup last season but Miller insists this year's domestic double is far more special.

"Of course it is," he added. "The league is the one you want to win. We would much rather have won the treble but we've got the double and the league and Scottish Cup is definitely the one you want to win. First and foremost, it was more important to win the league back and secure Champions League football."

Miller believes it is important for Rangers to build on this season's success. "We have to," he said. "The manager and coaches will have ideas about what they want to do with the team next year."

A superb goal from Nacho Novo allowed Rangers to clinch a narrow victory over a battling Falkirk side. But according to Miller: "It was quite a frustrating game for us. Falkirk kept the ball for long periods of time and I think we were a bit fortunate to get the goal. It was a wonder goal from Nacho with his first touch and it was going to take something like that for us to win the game. Fortunately enough, it went that way.

"It was roasting out there and it's hard work, especially when you are chasing the ball. It's a lot better when you've got the ball. You could see at the end that Falkirk looked to have a lot of energy. But we got there in the end, which is the main thing. These games are about the result, not the performance."

However, Miller did not believe Rangers' lacklustre performance was the result of a hangover from their title triumph. "I don't think so," he added. "Falkirk have come out and played in a way which really frustrated us. They kept the ball well and worked very hard to keep it."