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Kenny Miller reveals why Scotland will go far at Euro 2024 and gives his view on Scottish Cup Final as well as the future of Matt O'Riley

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Speaking to Footy Accumulators ahead of EURO 2024, former Scotland striker Kenny Miller has said he believes Scotland will make the knockout stages of the tournament.

He’s also said his former club Wolves’ decision to propose a change to VAR is ‘brave’, but he doesn’t think other clubs will back the decision to scrap it in the Premier League.

Q. How do you feel ahead of Euro 2024?

I've still got the belief that Scotland will qualify for the knockout stages. A lot has been made of the injuries but looking at it, Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson are effectively the one player because only one of them would've started but that's the main loss. In terms of Lewis Ferguson, he's not a starting player.

It's a huge blow because of how well he's played and at the level he's playing at but at this moment in time, he doesn't start for Scotland so it won't be hurting the first XI. The likes of John McGinn, Ryan Christie and Stuart Armstrong are all ahead of Lewis.

I'm disappointed for him because it's devastating for him to be missing a major tournament but Lewis will be a major part of the squad in years to come.

I still speak with a few lads within the squad and there's a really good spirit within the team. I'm still confident we can get through. As long as we turn up and play to the best of our abilities then we can get the results we need.

Q. How much should Celtic demand for Matt O'Reilly?

It's hard to put a value on Matt. When you look at a player of his age, had he been a Premier League player already, you'd be expecting £20million+ - even if he was a Championship player.

Celtic have done well at getting a fair value for their players over the years. When you think of the likes of Kieran Tierney when he left for Arsenal, they should be getting around £20million for O'Reilly.

If Matt gets a goal in the Scottish Cup final, it'll be his 20th of the season from midfield. He's not even been playing as a no. 10. He can create and score, but to be on the verge of scoring 20 goals is incredible and that adds to the price tag.

Q. Should O'Reilly follow in Lewis Ferguson's footsteps and swerve the Premier League move?

Matt O'Reilly could be successful in any league but he should never turn down the Premier League if it's on offer. It's obviously his decision to make, but you should never say no to going to a Premier League team.

He's earned the right to decide where he ends up and I think he could play in any team, in any league. He's not even reached his peak yet so he's only going to improve. He'll have a lot of options and it might be the right time for him to leave.

Q. Would a reunion with Ange Postecoglou be the best fit?

Ange Postecoglou signed Matt for Celtic. He worked with him for 18 months so he knows all about his qualities and potential to improve so it's an easy link to make, but I'm not sure if there's any substance to it.

Those types of moves, to the likes of Tottenham or Man United would be incredible and I genuinely believe he could play at these clubs. He's so, so clever and he's only getting better. There's no way any player would knock them back because these opportunities may not come round again.

Spurs would be a decent fit for Matt. They're definitely a club I could see him succeeding at.

Q. How do you see the Scottish Cup final going?

Celtic definitely have more of a psychological edge going into the final The score lines in recent Old Firm matches have flattered Rangers. Since Philippe Clement came in, Celtic have been two goals up in each Old Firm.

I would expect to see a different approach in the Scottish Cup final from Rangers because if Clement keeps complaining about the same things after each game then that means he's either not learning or his players aren't.

Celtic have hit their peak at the right time and they've got a lot of players back from injury and then you throw in the Brendan Rodgers factor. He's only lost one Old Firm in 17. His understanding of the fixture and knowledge of what these games need is top, top level. Rangers have it all to do, but it's a cup final and there are positives for them to take into it.

Q. Are you proud of your former club Wolves for speaking up against VAR recently?

I've never liked VAR. The time it takes, the moments like goal celebrations that it kills. if there are even screens because in Scotland they don't even have screens in every stadium to see what's going on. Sometimes when I'm commentating, I don't even know what's going on.

I'm really glad that Wolves have stuck their neck on the line and said 'you know what, this is where we're at with VAR' - we have to all understand why Wolves have done it. They've been done out of five or six points from clear decisions. I'm happy my former club has decided to be brave but I don't think VAR will go anywhere.

Q. James Tavernier under a lot of criticism - should he leave Rangers?

The criticism of James Tavernier is absolutely outrageous. I understand it, I lived in it, I've been in it and I know there are always certain players that will be subject to criticism more than others. James is one of those.

Since the day he came to Rangers, has been one of the top three performers every single year. He's always up for player of the year, always selected in the team of the season and he's been nominated for awards by his peers on multiple occasions. I don't think many Rangers fans are bothered about most other players because it's always James they have a pop at. They expect him to be a certain type of guy but every captain leads differently.

Looking back at others, Barry Ferguson was a real vocal leader and an unbelievable player to match. He was the driving force in the team. Steve Davis was equally as good but he led in a different way because he was quieter and a bit more supportive rather than the more demanding side of Ferguson. James is somewhere in-between those guys.

James has just finished the league season with 24 goals, he's the highest-scoring defender in British history. When is he going to be given a bit of credit? Who would even replace him? Dujon Sterling is a great player and yes he can play at right-back, but he can't give you what James can.

James Tavernier and Jack Butland are the first names on my team sheet next year if I'm the manager. Rangers will miss James when he's gone, and he could be gone next year.

Q. Is Todd Cantwell feeling the pressure at Rangers?

The social media side of Todd Cantwell is bringing more pressure to him. There's enough pressure on you as a player of an Old Firm club as it is. It's extreme. Todd is drawing pressure on himself. He's had an OK season, but that's not enough. He's the one player that can influence a game in a positive sense - he's an incredible footballer but I just wish he'd let his football do the talking and leave the social media stuff alone. He won't take this type of chat well I know that but he could be a big player for Rangers in the big games and they need that. There aren't many in that dressing room that can do what he can.

Todd Cantwell needs to be at the top of his game on Saturday if Rangers have any hope of winning the cup. This is the game that can set him in the history of the club and it'd be nice to see that happen for him.

Q. How was your time at Vancouver Whitecaps?

The opportunity came around and I thought why not. I was 32 and I loved it. I had two years in Vancouver and I loved it. It's an incredible place to live, the football is different - it's more relaxed but I really loved it. It was amazing and an incredible place to live and it's full of really good people - they couldn't have done enough for me. Vancouver is an amazing city and me and my family absolutely loved our time there and in the MLS.