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Clark aims to take more from Miller than new signing takes from him

AS Kenny Miller was in front of the cameras at Ibrox last week, and in possession of a Rangers jersey, Nicky Clark could not have felt further out of the picture.

Calum Gallagher, Nicky Law and Robbie Crawford at yesterday's kit launch at Ibrox. Picture: Nick Ponty
Calum Gallagher, Nicky Law and Robbie Crawford at yesterday's kit launch at Ibrox. Picture: Nick Ponty

Admittedly, the striker was in Toronto having been selected as part of the delegation attending the annual convention of the North American Rangers Supporters Association, yet there was still a sense that Clark could be left feeling rather unwanted next season.

Miller had taken centre stage following his return to Ibrox for a third spell - becoming the first new signing of the summer to boot - and the 34-year-old might also expect to occupy centre forward in the next campaign when Rangers attempt to make their way through the SPFL Championship. He would arrive last week dressed to impress and adorned with the sort of experience which appears to necessitate his inclusion as the focal point of the Rangers attack; Miller has played in Old Firm derbies, in the Barclays Premier League and in the Scotland team. The striker has 69 caps to prove it.

Clark's attraction lay instead in a gainful season with Queen of the South and his potential to maintain his form by remaining in League 1, a total of nine goals in 23 appearances last term having allowed him some satisfaction. He is optimistic about getting further chances to impress in the Championship, although the likes of Jon Daly, Dean Shiels and the prospect of Kris Boyd's return obscure the way to the first team.

Now 23, Clark cannot be considered a young player still finding his way and yet he will still seek guidance to better his chances of involvement. He returned to Ibrox yesterday and was in little doubt of his first port of call. "Kenny will be great for me. He's played at the highest level, has loads of international caps. He can only progress my career by coming in and telling me things that I don't know and telling me how to do things properly," said Clark, speaking to help launch Rangers' new third kit.

"I'll definitely be pestering him for information and I think he will like that as well. Kris Boyd has played at international level too and could come in. I just need to show the manager I'm as good as these guys."

He made a favourable impression with supporters in Canada - getting closer to expatriate fans who follow the club despite a geographical barrier. "Obviously they can't go to every game but they do their best to support the boys," he added.

That included asking for photos with Clark. He will hope not to be too far out of the picture when the focus turns to Rangers' Championship campaign.

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