Mark Warburton can be England manager, says Rangers striker

Kenny Miller believes Mark Warburton will go on to become manager of England as the Rangers manager prepares to complete negotiations on a new Ibrox contract.

Rangers' Kenny Miller, left, has tipped manager Mark Warburton to be a future England manager. Picture: SNS
Rangers' Kenny Miller, left, has tipped manager Mark Warburton to be a future England manager. Picture: SNS

Veteran striker Miller feels that Warburton ticks all the boxes as the Football Association seeks a successor to Roy Hodgson following the disastrous exit from Euro 2016 – but the job is just too early for him.

However, the 36-year-old is in no doubt that that he should be considered down the line, especially if he creates a lasting legacy in Govan.

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Miller said: “We can’t speak highly enough of the job the manager has done.

“Manager of England in the future? I don’t see why not. He is a man with a vision, he’s really driven and he wants to get to the very top – there is no doubt about it.

“So I would not be surprised in the future if that was the case, but it’s maybe too early. Hopefully he will do 12 years at Rangers first!”

Warburton is a year into a three-year contract but will resume negotiations on a new and improved arrangement when Rangers return from South Carolina at the end of next week.

He feels that it would be beneficial to get this done as soon as possible to quell what had been near hysteria in certain quarters that he would be 

He said: “I said before that we had opened discussions then I went on holiday. We will re-open these discussions when we go back and hopefully reach a suitable conclusion

“You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t – you say nothing and he’s going; you can’t win, it’s difficult so it will be good to put it to rest and give some clarification to it.”

Miller has undoubtedly enjoyed a new lease of life working for the 51-year-old Englishman and maintains he can be a key protagonist in the new team that is being built for an assault on the 

Looking fresh after another punishing training sessions at the MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, he said: “I want to play – if it was anything different, I wouldn’t be here.

“I had a strong season last year, finished well and felt great. I’m still going to be knocking on the manager’s door, expecting to be the No 1 striker.

“I feel great. I have trained well. The numbers that are coming up in training are no different to anybody else.

“For me age is a number. I feel great and I will be judged on my performances and my goals and everything else I bring on a Saturday – not the fact that I’m 36 or 37.

“I felt I did well last season and I really enjoyed playing the role that the manager gave me. I felt it suited me

“I would like to think the manager knows me well enough now and what I can bring on and off the field.”