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Carlisle Utd skipper Lee Miller dismisses Glasgow Rangers rumours

Captain Lee Miller has reiterated that he is happy at Carlisle United as he suggested there is no substance in rumours he is being lined up by Rangers.

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Lee Miller

Long-standing speculation surrounding the new Blues skipper, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has linked him with the fallen Glasgow giants.

In an interview with The News & Star, Miller admitted his future remains uncertain as he is still to enter discussions with United over a new deal.

He also confessed it was “exciting” to hear his name linked with other clubs.

But the striker also claimed he would be ready to start talks with the Cumbrians.

Miller, who will lead United at League One leaders Tranmere tomorrow, said: “I’ve not spoken about anything at the moment. I think I’ve just been left to get on with things on the pitch just now, which is the right way to do it.

“There will come a time when we sit down and speak about what is best for both parties.”

On the Rangers rumour, he said: “I’ve been linked with Rangers all my career and nothing’s happened of it. People can throw rumours about, add two and two and make five, but I don’t take anything from it. I just concentrate on my own game and see where it takes me.”

The future of Miller, one of a host of United players whose deals are up in the summer, is set to be a major talking point over the remaining months of the campaign. The transfer deadline passed at 11pm last night, but the striker accepts he will continue to be the subject of speculation until his future is resolved.

“That’s just the way it is, why we love the game, there’s so many rumours that fly about,” he said. “It excites people, to make up rumours and spread things about. It’s exciting to be linked with different clubs, but I’m a Carlisle player and I enjoy it here. We’ll just wait and see what happens.”

Miller said Carlisle could benefit from a lack of deadline-day upheaval, with the cancelling of defender Alessio Bugno’s contract the only business done by the Brunton Park club.

The 29-year-old Miller, meanwhile, is hoping to get back on the scoresheet at Tranmere tomorrow after admitting that he has not got back to peak form since his return to fitness in December.

“Fitness-wise I’m coming on, but form-wise I’m way short of the levels I produced last season, which is disappointing from my own point of view,” said Miller, who has scored two goals in seven games. “But I’ve had a couple of bad injuries so it’s going to come in the next few weeks, I just need to knuckle down and get on with things. I’m doing things in the right way, training right and preparing for games right, and hopefully the form comes back.”

Manager Abbott will assess Chris Chantler’s ankle before deciding whether the left-back is ready to return tomorrow. Mike Edwards and Peter Murphy were back in training this week but are unlikely to be involved against Tranmere. A recall for Paul Thirlwell is understood to be under consideration, while Symington may again have to be content with a place on the bench, despite the Workington youngster’s stunning free-kick in the 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe.

Miller said: “We have been talking about it in training and it must be the best goal I’ve seen. To be on the pitch when he scored that goal was sensational.

“Dav is one of the best strikers of a ball I’ve ever seen. Fair play to the kid to have the confidence to hit it from that range. There’s a lot of people who can hit a good ball but he just hits it without any backlift, and, boy, it can fly.”

On tomorrow’s clash with Ronnie Moore’s side, who are without captain James Wallace, Miller added: “We will go there with no fear. They are obviously up there on merit but if we can stay tight at the back and play to our game plan, we’ll see what happens.”


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