Miller: There's life after Boyd for Rangers
Kenny Miller insists there is life after Kris Boyd in the wake of the Scottish Premier League's all-time leading goalscorer leaving Rangers to join Middlesbrough.
Boyd ended his four-and-a-half-year stint in Glasgow when he joined former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan at the Championship club on a two-year deal last week.
He had already rejected the offer of a contract extension to remain at Ibrox, where he has been the club's top scorer every season since his arrival from Kilmarnock in January 2006.
Miller - who struck up a profitable partnership with Boyd - knows his departure will leave a massive void at Rangers. But he insists someone else now has the opportunity to make a name for themselves as Rangers' most prolific forward next term.
"Everybody in the dressing room wishes Kris all the best and we hope he does the same for Middlesbrough,'' Miller said. "But we've got to move on. One door closes and another opens.
"There is a chance for somebody to step into his shoes and hopefully score the goals that will take us back to the title this year.''
Boyd wrote his name into the history books when he replaced Celtic legend Henrik Larsson as the SPL's leading scorer last season, reaching the milestone in style with a blistering five-goal spree against Dundee United back in December.
"Boydy is going to be a big miss,'' added Miller. "It's an incredible level, a consistent level that he showed in the time he was here.
"So he is going to be missed, not only for what he does on the park but he's a good lad and he's a good mate of a lot of the lads in the dressing room. He will be missed.''
Boss Walter Smith has cash to spend this summer and may now focus his search on a new striker after Rangers were forced to admit defeat in their efforts to retain the services of Boyd. But Miller believes his exit has provided an opportunity for Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith to finally make their mark, as well as any new arrivals.
"Both have done very well,'' he told Blues News. "Laff chipped in with a few important goals towards the end of last season and Naisy had a wee outing up front against Aberdeen at home.
"I really enjoyed it, it was one of the games I probably enjoyed the most towards the end of the season. I thought we played some great stuff that day.
"It's an opportunity, whether we sign somebody in that position or whether it's down to the lads like myself, Laff and Naisy to fill the positions and score the goals. It's up to us to show in pre-season what we can offer to the team to steal those two places.''