Kenny Miller in fresh Rangers confession as he paints dreaded Celtic scenario for Philippe Clement

Kenny Miller has warned Philippe Clement the pressure will be ramped right up on him if he fails to win the Scottish Cup - and goes into the first Old Firm game of next season needing to avoid defeat to prevent a FIVE GAME winless streak against Celtic.

The Belgian is feeling a bit of heat after blowing the chance of winning the Scottish Premiership with a recent run that has seen the Light Blues win just five out of 12 games. Former Ibrox striker Miller knows Clement has to oversee yet another club summer rebuild but recongnises Brendan Rodgers will strengthen in the summer with the guarantee of Champions League cash.

And the derby Scottish Cup showdown at Hampden on May 25 is massive in terms of how Rangers will approach next season. Miller joined his former Ibrox boss Ally McCoist on talkSPORT and said: “When you’re a Rangers or Celtic manager you’re always judged on the big games. You’re expected to win every single game. You’re expected to deal with the teams outside of Celtic pretty easily. Over the last 12 games it’s not really happened that way. But I remember going into the last derby of last season and Michael Beale was getting that thrown at him about big games: semi finals, cup finals that he had lost to Celtic.

“This Scottish Cup final will be Philippe Clement’s fourth go at Celtic in a short space of time and if Rangers were to lose it then it just heaps a lot of pressure – not at this moment – but when you look at next season. That first Old Firm game will be back at Celtic Park and it’s a place they’ve not won too often over the past few years so if that was the fifth game and you’ve not been able to get one over on your old rivals then I just think questions will start to be getting asked.

"In the post match after the game on Saturday he bemoaned the bad start and how they're not getting into their rhythm and have maybe not been as aggressive. That’s three times where we’ve probably heard a lot of the same thing after the game. That’s his job to go and get the team prepared to start the game properly and give them the right detail. Listen, sometimes players just don’t do it.

“I definitely think after a big summer, going into that opening Old Firm game next season will be crucial – if he doesn’t get this Scottish Cup won. The flip side is you can finish the season on such a high and if you had offered any Rangers fan a League Cup and a Scottish Cup when Philippe Clement came in then every Rangers fan would have ripped your hand off. That is still available, irrespective of what has happened in this last month to six weeks in the league.”

McCoist said: “Rangers’ recent form has been shocking, frankly. Losing at home to Motherwell, losing at Ross County and drawing at Dundee and another defeat at the weekend there. The title will go to Celtic, yes, there’s no doubt about it and do they deserve it? Yes. But I think both sides are average and it’s not sour grapes. I don’t think either of the Old Firm are great. Celtic are better but I don’t think they’re anywhere like where they have been in recent years or where they would want to be.”

Miller added: “When Brendan came back in Celtic weren’t quite at the same level as they were under Ange and they definitely weren’t at the same level when Brendan first came up. So it’s taken them a bit of time and with that has come a lot of criticism which touched on in his post match.

"But I feel Celtic have five or six players whose ceiling is a lot higher than Rangers and when they click – as we seen in spells in the game on Saturday – and rotate and pick apart Rangers backline, aided by how Rangers actually defended, they are far more capable of playing a different style of football than Rangers.

“That being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t win the game. You need to defend well, you need to be organised and be a better team and unit which Rangers weren’t. I just feel from a Rangers perspective it’s going to be a big summer. It’s going to be a really big summer.

"There’s no doubt Celtic deserved to win the game. The team that wins the league is the best team across the season, you deserve it. The league title will end up back across at Celtic Park and that’s them got to three pretty quickly after the celebrations of 55 a few years ago. And it’s up to Rangers again with another big summer ahead to rebuild and try and stop that getting any further. It will be an interesting summer across at Ibrox. But I don’t think Celtic will be standing still either.”