Rangers and Bursaspor close to finalising Kenny Miller deal
Rangers striker set for move to Turkey after turning down Birmingham City switch
Rangers striker Kenny Miller is set to join Turkish champions Bursaspor after rejecting a move to the English Premier League with Birmingham City.
Rangers and Bursaspor are already understood to be in discussions over a transfer fee for their top scorer this season. Miller, who was expected to play in Tuesday night’s clash with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, was not named in the squad and left the ground ahead of the game.
Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist said: “I don’t think they’re a million miles from a deal and that’s why Kenny’s not in the squad for the Inverness game tonight.”
Rangers had already agreed a fee with Birmingham, understood to be worth between £650,000 and £1m, but reports suggest a move to Bursaspor will prove more lucrative for Rangers.
Miller, 31, is expected to fly to Bursa -where he scored for Rangers in the Champions League in December -on Wednesday after a statement on Birmingham’s website revealed his representatives had informed them the player preferred a move to Turkey.
“Kenny Miller will not be joining Blues after the player’s representatives informed the club that he has accepted an irresistible offer from Turkish champions Bursaspor,” a Birmingham City statement read.
“The club pulled out all the stops in an attempt to bring the Scotland international striker, who attracted offers from several top European clubs, to St. Andrew’s.
“However the offer from Bursaspor proved to be too good for Miller to turn down and the 31-year-old has now decided to undertake the next chapter of his career in the Turkish Super Lig.”
Miller has scored 22 goals for Rangers this season – and has netted 49 times in 81 games during his second spell at Ibrox after he was part of the infamous Derby County team that set record lows in the 2006-07 Premier League season.
With his contract due to expire in the summer, the club have long been resigned to losing their prize asset in January to bring in some much-needed revenue.
Miller could make his debut for Bursaspor this weekend against Konyaspor when the Super Lig gets back under way following its winter break.