Kilmarnock sign Lee Miller

KILMARNOCK spent little time dwelling over the departure of Kris Boyd as they snapped up former Aberdeen striker Lee Miller on a two-year contract.

The striker returns to Scotland to join Killie on a two-year deal. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
The striker returns to Scotland to join Killie on a two-year deal. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

The 30-year old is the club’s third signing of the summer – the second in two days after Paul Cairney joined yesterday - and the length of the deal would indicate that manager Allan Johnston sees the player as a direct replacement for Boyd, who left for Rangers late last week.

Having netted just over 100 league goals in a 13 year career it’s doubtful whether Miller will replace the goal input of the former talisman, but Johnston will be hoping his experience, technique and physicality can be a valuable asset as Kilmarnock look to complete another successful fight against relegation in the upcoming campaign.

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Miller started his career at Falkirk and showed enough promise to convince Bristol City to part with a six figure sum for his services.

He struggled at Ashton Gate but had his career revived by a six month loan spell at Hearts where he bagged eight league goals in 18 games – most notably an absolute stunner against Kilmarnock, ironically enough.

When Hearts couldn’t make the deal permanent Dundee United stepped in, buying Miller for £200,000. On a poor United side he didn’t make much of an impact but things changed when he joined Aberdeen a year later.

For four years he successfully led the line at Pittodrie and was one of the many Dons heroes who played a part in the club’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in 2008. He also received three caps for Scotland during the time.

His form was so good that it persuaded Middlesborough to part with £600,000 for his transfer in 2010. A disappointing season followed but he landed on his feet once more with Carlisle, spending three seasons in League One before his release this summer.