There are huge questions that need answered as to why Calvin Miller has so suddenly left Dundee.
Despite generally looking positive in his outings for the Dee this season, he’s been sent back to Celtic.
Miller had a deal that was supposed to keep him at Dens Park until the end of the season. Instead, Jim McIntyre has sent him back to Glasgow early despite being far from the worst performer.
During his time in Tayside, Miller made an impressive 16 appearances for the relegation candidates this season. He also bagged a goal during that period also – a fine strike against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Miller also impressed in the recent match at home to Rangers in the Premiership. Dundee squeezed out a 1-1 draw from the game, with the Celtic left-back dealing with Daniel Candeias tremendously well.
So it’s bamboozling to see that his loan contract at Dens Park has been terminated.
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To be fair to Miller, however, he isn’t the only one. Dundee have also released the likes of Adil Nabi and Andrew Boyle from the club too, as a mass clear-out begins.
The victim of a manager trying to put his stamp on things
This is likely just McIntyre trying to put his own stamp on things. Dundee fans will see it as clearing out the players that the ill-fated Neil McCann brought to the club.
Of course, it’s important that Miller also takes some responsibility for where the club sits, they clearly lack quality all over the pitch.
It’s important that Celtic swiftly find another place for Miller to head to on loan. January presents them with a great chance to get him some Premiership experience elsewhere, as his development needs to be the top priority here.
Despite the Hoops’ left-back crisis this season, Miller isn’t yet ready to step up. Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre remain the top two down the left. Along with them, the likes of Callum McGregor and Jonny Hayes are other favourable choices of Brendan Rodgers to deputise in that position.
Hopefully, for Miller’s sake, he can find a new club this month. His development would certainly be aided by it.