STEVEN GERRARD believes former Rangers striker Kenny Miller deserves a ‘wonderful reception’ on his return to Ibrox this afternoon.

The 38-year-old will line-up for Dundee as he makes his second appearance for Neil McCann’s side following his debut against Motherwell before the international break.

Miller’s move to Dens Park came just days after he was sacked from his player/manager role at Livingston following a short-lived spell in the dugout.

The forward ended his third stint at Rangers in a whirlwind of controversy this summer as he and Lee Wallace appealed fines handed down in the aftermath of an internal Gers investigation.

Miller and Wallace were punished for their part in an alleged dressing room bust-up with former boss Graeme Murty after the Old Firm defeat at Hampden.

The SPFL upheld their appeal against their punishments last week but Gerrard hopes the Light Blue legions don’t hold the situation against the striker when he takes to the field at Ibrox.

He said: “I hope he is appreciated [today]. I do.

“I’m pleased for Kenny and Lee that the scenario is sorted and dealt with, and also for the club.

“For me, walking into it and being asked about it wasn’t a comfortable one. I’m just pleased that everyone has moved on from it and we can talk about football and football players.

“Kenny has been a top player. He has been prolific for many years.

“Now he has signed for Dundee, he has played a little bit on the right hand side. But he is someone who likes to come in off a no.9. He will be desperate to score tomorrow. He will be desperate to play well and win.

“For him, I hope he gets a wonderful reception. I think he deserves it.”

While Miller left Ibrox at the end of his contract this summer, Wallace still has several months to run on his own Gers deal.

He returned to action in the draw with Motherwell last month and Gerrard is pleased the dispute with the former Ibrox skipper has come to an end.

He said: “I’ve been honest and respectful to Lee since day one and he has always been the same back.

“I’m sure for both players it’s something that they didn’t want hanging in the background either. I’m sure they just want to play football.

“Lee does. He has been working his socks off on the training pitch to try and get himself fit.

“He’s had a minor setback over the last couple of days with a bit of a niggle in a different area but he trained fully today.

“He was focused, he was on it. We need to try to get him up to match speed as quickly as possible because when you’ve been out for a year, it takes an awful long time to get back.”