KENNY MILLER is now a retired footballer and he’s been around the block and back. During his career he managed to play for two Ibrox sides, Celtic and Partick Thistle among a plethora of other clubs.
There’s no denying he found his home at Ibrox and he was always more welcome there but as Paul Cuiddihy from the Celtic View stated, the striker gave his all for the club during the season Kenny played at Parkhead.
It would only turn out to be one season under manager Gordon Strachan before the player would be moved on. During his interview with Simon Ferry about his career, he spoke about how he ended up leaving the club a year after signing.
Miller was made to feel unwelcome by the Celtic hierarchy and Gordon Strachan didn’t seem fussed about keeping him there.
The player recalled:
“I got a call from my agent to say wee Billy Davies had been on the phone to see if I’d be interested in going to Derby.
“I think a deal had pretty much been agreed but see when a deal’s agreed for you to move, that tells me that you’re maybe not that wanted.
“And when I spoke with Gordon, it was one of them: ‘Stay if you want to stay’.
“See all that nonsense? If you want me to stay then you’ll be the one saying I’m not going anywhere. It was basically left up to me.
“Peter had made his views clear that he wanted to take the deal. Peter was being Peter.
“He’s done a fantastic job at Celtic over the years but he’s ruthless when it comes down to it, which you have to be in that business.
“He had made his views quite clear and I thought ‘fair enough’.”
The deal was a no brainer for Celtic. They had brought Kenny in on a free and now Derby were offering £3m to take him off our hands (Celtic Wiki).
Another insight into who runs the show at Celtic Park. Peter Lawwell has final say on a new light bulb getting put into the gents toilet and he decides who stays and who goes.