Rangers are looking for a new boss after Pedro Caixinha’s exit.
The Rangers board took the decision to end the Portuguese’s troubled seven-month reign after they met for talks in the wake of Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.
Here, Football Paradise assesses some leading contenders.
The Aberdeen manager is the stand-out domestic candidate after leading the Dons to three consecutive runners-up finishes, a League Cup trophy and two cup finals last season. But he signed a three-year contract in the summer after rejecting Sunderland’s advances and Rangers would have difficulty finding the cash and persuasive powers to prise him away from Pittodrie.
The former Gers boss was overlooked in favour of Caixinha in March but the Light Blues might think again. His previous five-year stint in charge at Ibrox spanned 2001 to 2006 and twice saw him guide the Glasgow outfit to dramatic last-day title wins as well as a pair of Scottish Cup triumphs and a hat-trick of League Cup successes. He also became the first manager to lead a Scottish side to the last 16 of the Champions League. However, McLeish admitted reservations about certain aspects of his talks with Rangers earlier this year.
The under-20s coach proved a popular caretaker in February and March and achieved what both Mark Warburton and Caixinha failed in avoiding defeat against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic. Murty showed a level of tactical awareness to get a point at Celtic Park 24 hours after Caixinha arrived in Glasgow. Although he lost his first two league games in charge, he then guided Rangers to victories over St Johnstone and Hamilton and impressed with his honesty. He has the benefit of having the chance to impress in the job again in his second stint in interim charge.
A former Rangers player, Davies would relish the task of rebuilding the side and has emerged as an early favourite. The former Motherwell boss took Derby to the Premier League and both Preston and Nottingham Forest to the Championship play-offs but has now been out of work for three years because of what he alleges is a smear campaign against him. The 53-year-old claimed he was close to getting the Hearts job recently but the club could not accept his plans for a backroom reshuffle.
Frank de Boer
The former Rangers defender will no doubt have been chastened by his four-match spell in charge of Crystal Palace and be looking for a more stable job than a club with the financial question marks that remain over Ibrox. The Rangers board might also decide to look closer to home but the Dutchman is much more of a known quantity that Caixinha. Capturing De Boer would send out a signal but it looks unlikely he would go into a squad in need of overhaul at this stage of the season.
The Rangers board might decide a manager with a proven track record in Scotland is exactly what they need after an eye-catching but risky foreign appointment. Wright has led Saints to a Scottish Cup triumph, top-six finishes in each of his four full seasons in charge plus several European adventures after cutting his managerial teeth in the Irish League. After exactly 200 games in charge, the 54-year-old could do little more to earn himself a crack at a major job. The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper has repeatedly proven he can confound major budgetary constraints – something the next Rangers manager will have to do to compete with Celtic.
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