Rob Maclean's weekend review: Kenny Miller, Aberdeen, Dundee, ICT and Hamilton

Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller (far left) led the way for Rangers in their stunning late victory at Pittodrie

BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean continues his weekly column looking at the main talking points from the weekend's football action.

Rangers must keep Miller

Rangers may have the best of reasons for letting Kenny Miller leave the club but I can't think of any.

I've said it before here and I'll say it again - 37-year-old Kenny has been Rangers' best player this season and to let him go when his contract's up in the summer would be madness.

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Scottish Premiership highlights: Aberdeen 0-3 Rangers

It's not just what he does on the pitch, although the veteran skipper's match-winning performance was top drawer at Pittodrie on Sunday, delivering a masterclass in clinical finishing.

It's the motivational impact he has on the players around him, which has to be a major asset for gaffer Pedro Caixinha during this period of transition.

There's plenty about the team that needs changed but a bit more Miller time must make sense.

Reds defence needs bolstered

Aberdeen defender Anthony O'Connor
Irishman Anthony O'Connor has played 34 games in his debut season at Aberdeen

Derek McInnes would already have been planning to scour the transfer market for central defensive improvements. Sunday's late collapse against Rangers only underlined the obvious.

In a BBC Radio Scotland commentary curse moment, I said defender Anthony O'Connor appeared to be smoking a cigar after a couple of brilliant pinpoint passes from the back.

Well, smoke can get in your eyes and his performance in the last 15 minutes of the match went dramatically downhill.

At times, Irishman O'Connor has looked like he could be a solid solution in the Aberdeen defence but he's made big mistakes in big games.

From cigars to Ash, and defensive partner Taylor shared some of the blame for that late Dons meltdown. It's an area of the team that has to be better.

Dee's downward spiral

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Scottish Premiership highlights: Hearts 1-0 Dundee

Six weekends ago, Dundee scored five goals at Motherwell to consolidate their place in the top half of the Premiership.

They had beaten Rangers the previous Sunday and their unbeaten March won Paul Hartley the top-flight manager of the month prize.

What's happened since has been the stuff of nightmares for the Dark Blues and their supporters.

They have lost six league games on the spin and, from a seemingly secure position, they have toppled down into a seriously precarious place.

Dundee are only a point away from second bottom spot and the spectre of the relegation play-offs is looming large.

Caley Jags in the mire

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Scottish Premiership highlights: Inverness CT 0-3 St Johnstone

Automatic relegation is already looking unavoidable for Inverness Caley Thistle.

They still have six matches to play and the four points they trail Lanarkshire pair Motherwell and Hamilton is, in theory, a gap that can be closed.

But Richie Foran's team have to reacquaint themselves with the winning feeling if they are to get out of bottom spot in the Premiership and they have celebrated victory only once in their last 21 games.

Any team with Gary Warren, Ross Draper and Greg Tansey at its core and Billy Mckay up front should have a chance of digging its way out of trouble.

But right now I can't see it. I really hope they prove me wrong.

Skondras's harsh red card

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Scottish Premiership highlights: Hamilton 1-1 Ross County

My first pick for survival would, of course, be my beloved Ross County and maybe my namesake, referee Steven McLean, has a soft spot for the Dingwall team as well.

That would help to explain the straight red card he dished out to Hamilton's Greek defender Giannis Skondras right on half-time at New Douglas Park on Saturday.

Have a look if you haven't seen it already. See what you think. But, for me, his halfway line trip on County's Ryan Dow was cynical but certainly not violent. Cynicism isn't a sending-off offence, as far as I'm aware.

County, who were a goal down and playing second fiddle to Accies at the time, might have got something out of the game anyway but a one-man advantage for the whole second half clearly didn't do their drop-zone escape bid any harm.

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