Honest Miller is just a touch disappointed
WHATEVER else may be missing from his all-round package, Mickel Miller cannot be faulted for a deficit of honesty.
When George Oakley’s cross arrived at the Hamilton midfielder’s foot with Rangers only one goal to the good, even allowing for the slightest of touches by Glen Kamara, the Englishman should have been able to score with his eyes closed.
Opting to attempt a connection with his left foot rather than his right proved to be fatal.
In that moment, Hamilton’s hopes of having something to show for their substantial efforts was lost.
The contrast with the two occasions Ryan Kent truly connected with the ball on the day could not have been sharper.
‘I’ll be having nightmares about that one to be honest with you,’ Miller admitted. ‘But that’s the difference between me being at that level and being at the level I am now — Kent will go and finish those and I won’t finish that.
‘Kamara got a little touch but I should’ve gone with my right instead of my left. But we move on.
‘We’re disappointed not to take anything from it, 100 per cent. I can’t fault any one of the boys for effort, work rate, for everything we gave.
‘We were just less clinical than them in the end.’
It wasn’t as if Miller’s horrible effort and Lewis Smith’s equaliser were the sum total of Accies’ chances. Brian Rice’s men created them aplenty.
‘Geo (Oakley) had a header and there were a couple over-passed from Lewis Smith to me a couple of times,’ Miller added.
‘But we can take the positives from the game.
‘I think people who were watching it would have thought Hamilton were really in the game, which is good. We’ve just got to take that into our next games.
‘We hit a standard today that some people might be surprised at.
‘As long as we keep it at that and give even more, I’m sure we can get the result.’
For boss Rice, a palpable sense of pride in his side’s performance was tempered with a realisation that Miller’s glaring miss might well have cost his side a precious point.
‘I spoke to him after the game,’ Rice said. ‘That is the difference between the top teams, the middle-of-theroad teams and the bottom teams, the final thing they do with the ball, the quality.
‘Rangers are in a fortunate position that they fund good players and they bring them in.
‘I am in the position where I need to produce players. Not at that level — I wish that I could. I need to produce players who are good enough to come and play in our first team.
‘Or I do what I do — go to England and look for players there playing in reserve teams and under-23 teams and bring them to this football club and try and make them better players.’
Reflecting on a defeat which leaves his Accies side without a win since September, Rice added: ‘I would’ve liked to have got more.
‘I think you saw a team out there that was fully committed, a team out there that was a goal threat and a team out there that will never give up.
‘We kept going. We were brave, we went with two strikers. I made the substitution and put another striker on and kept the two strikers. I can’t ask any more from the lads today.’