Kenny Miller could play well past his 40th birthday

Kenny Miller would not rule out carrying on playing at the end of his two-year Dundee contract.

The 38-year-old signed for Dundee on Wednesday after a short stint as Livingston player/manager ended prematurely and he is happy to put his coaching career on hold.

The length of his contract raised some eyebrows given that Miller will turn 40 six months before it ends but the former Scotland striker insists he is still ambitious to succeed.

And he was in no mood to set a date on his retirement when asked whether he might go on even longer.

“Who knows? I would never say never. But it definitely takes me to the grand old age. I think I passed the grand old age, this is the next stage.

“But I would never say never. I feel I am definitely more than capable of performing at this level for this length of contract anyway. So we will get that out the way and sign the next two year!”

Dundee manager Neil McCann defended his decision to give his former Rangers and Scotland team-mate two years as he fended off competition from the likes of St Mirren.

“I believe he had other options with that duration of contract, but I have to do my job,” McCann said. “Regardless if I am friends with Kenny and ex-team mates, whatever, I need to make sure he is physically all right for a two-year deal.

“We tested him through our physio, he got a medical, and he absolutely sailed it. You only have to look at him to see that he has still looked after himself in a first-class way.

“I didn’t look at what was on his birth certificate, I looked at what was standing in front of me. I looked at what he had been doing recently and that suggested that I don’t see Kenny as a short-term signing.

“I was comfortable and the club of course had to back that up. They did and I am delighted and thankful for that.”

Miller insisted his seven-game experience at Livingston has not put him off management after he and the club disagreed over his playing future.

“Absolutely not,” the former Rangers forward said. “If anything it has made me hungrier.

“You always learn from every experience. Things need to be right, things need to be in place properly that are going to allow you to succeed.

“But I enjoyed my time there. It’s the first taste of management, which was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of players to be working with. I came out of it with a lot of positive experiences.”

Miller was asked whether a more normal club might have been a better route into management –  working with assistant manager David Martindale was non-negotiable and most of the club’s summer signings had already been made when he took charge.

“It would have been easier, definitely, but I knew what I was getting into at the time, and I was willing to meet that challenge head on,” he said. “But I have come out of it stronger.”

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