Rumours are beginning to appear in the Scottish press of a potential loan deal for Vancouver striker Kenny Miller.
According to Scotland on Sunday, Edinburgh club Hibernian are interested in bringing the much traveled striker back to Easter Road where he began his professional career in 1998.
He made 45 appearances for the Hibees before a long traveled career that saw pit stops in Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Cardiff and Turkey.
Current Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is quoted in the paper as saying:
“It’s been mentioned to me in the last few days but it’s not something we’ve actively done anything about. Is he available and does he want to come and play for us? You never know. He’s a fantastic player and we look at all options to try and improve the team.
We’re actively looking at players in that position as we’ve known for a while that Leigh – in addition to [fellow loan players Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern] – might not be here after the middle of January. We need to have options in place in case he isn’t. If Kenny’s an option, then great. I don’t know if we could afford him.”
Miller has not made the impact in Vancouver many had hoped for. The club’s injury worries forced them to field Miller before he was 90 minute fit and it often showed all too clearly in some uninfluential performances.
The striker turns 33 in December and his career has also featured 65 Scotland appearances.
His current coach, fellow Scot Martin Rennie, has indicated a willingness to endure a massive turnover of personnel if he is dissatisfied and would be unlikely to stand in Miller’s way if he he satisfied he has cover in Vancouver.
Two goals in 13 games was not the level of production needed from a Designated Player and his compatriot Barry Robson appears to have adapted far quicker to the needs of Major League Soccer with its quirks such as long travel and artificial surfaces.
Miller’s US$1.2m salary would free up a great deal of flexibility for Rennie and he may jump at the chance to grab that amount of salary space and a Designated Player slot rather than persevere with Miller.
Should he head for Edinburgh, he clearly would not be returning to Vancouver for the pre-season. Vancouver meaning the initial loan would have to become something which suited Rennie’s future planning as well as Hibernian’s.