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Lee Miller hoping to get chance to partner new boss in Livi attack

By July 13, 2018No Comments

Lee Miller never got the chance to partner namesake Kenny Miller for Scotland but he believes they can be a perfect match for Livingston.

The closest the veteran hitman, 35, got to playing alongside his new player-boss for the national team was in training.

But he is hoping he gets the nod to start up top beside the 38-year-old former Rangers striker when Livi kick-off their Betfred Cup campaign away to Airdrie on Saturday.

Miller told Press Association Sport: “We’re all excited about Kenny coming in. It can only be good for Livingston having a big name like Kenny Miller taking over.

“He might not have much experience in terms of management but he’s still a class act on the pitch.

“Having him here as a player as well as a boss is making everyone up their game as he gets to see us not just from the sidelines, but alongside us on the pitch too. He sees things from a closer perspective and we need to respond.

“He’s been looking sharp in training himself and it would be good to link up beside him this weekend.

“I don’t see why we couldn’t form a decent partnership – even if we are the golden oldies.

“I’ve been in Scotland squads with the manager over the years but I always ended up being the hamper boy, so I’ve never played a competitive game beside him.

“There is definitely the potential for us to blend together well and I’d like the chance – but we will just have to wait and see what his plans are.”

Livi proved to be the shock troops of last season’s Ladbrokes Championship as they stormed their way to promotion through the play-offs.

But Miller hinted the new man in charge is set to move away from the direct style perfected by former boss David Hopkin this term.

“I think we’re going to try and pass the ball a bit more this year,” he said.

“Obviously we had a style of play last season under Davie that suited us but this year we want to try and add to that.

“There were games last season where we did have the chance to pass it and were really good at it, so hopefully we can mix it up a bit more this year.

“The new manager has come in and wants us to play a certain way and believes that is only going to benefit the team.

“He is going to bring in his own players and see things a different way and we’re all buying into that. We’re just looking forward to the season getting started.”