PEDRO CAIXINHA insists there is no issue with striker Kenny Miller despite dropping him from his first team squad last month.

The 37-year-old was left out of the side that beat Hamilton before the international break following a team meeting in the aftermath of the Old Firm defeat at Ibrox.

Caixinha adopted a ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ stance when quizzed about Miller’s future before the Accies clash.

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But he has claimed there are no problems between the pair after the forward was sent to play for the Gers’ Under-20 side at Brentford a fortnight ago.

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Caixinha said: “There is no latest situation. It’s just one technical decision.

“Who picks the first eleven? Who picks the squad? Who picks the players who are out of the squad? There is no issue.

“Sometimes I take a decision and I explain directly to the person involved. Other times I don’t explain. And other times I can explain later. I am the one who takes the decision.

“There are no problems at all. Period. Kenny is one of ours. He is training with us and like the others he is there to be selected or not.

“We will have the list of the squad tomorrow. He felt something in today’s session, more or less in the middle of it, but I don’t think it is going to be anything major.

“He just went there (to Brentford) and did okay. He is a top professional.

“I have nothing to say about Kenny. He gives his maximum all the time here.”

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Rangers earned a 4-1 win at the SuperSeal Stadium just hours before Miller helped Graeme Murty’s side to victory over the Bees in a friendly match in London.

The striker returned to the first team fold during the top flight shutdown and found the net during the bounce game with Morton at the weekend.

Now Rangers will make the trip to McDiarmid Park tomorrow night as they look to record another crucial Premiership triumph.

Caixinha said: “I said it before the Hamilton match, I said it after the Hamilton match, I said it along the week, I am saying it now.

“Sometimes we used to say that a lie told a lot of times will become true. There is no issue. Period.

“He is one of ours. Who gave him the contract? I gave him the contract so that means I have trust and confidence in him. It is one question of decisions.

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“If I have 25 players, some players, if they are not injured or booked or whatever, they need to be out of the squad.

“This week it is going to happen the same. Some players that are not going to be in the squad are going to play against Dundee United here at 2 o’clock on Friday.

“It is my decision as well. I need to manage the group. And once again, who manages the group?”