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50-year-old expresses Rangers interest as board continue management search

Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pondering who their next manager might be for some time now, what with Pedro Caixinha relieved of his duties three weeks ago to the day.

The Portuguese only took over at Ibrox back in March but struggled to bridge the gap between themselves and champions Celtic, with the Gers eventually finishing an astonishing 39 points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ side in third. And the 47-year-old got off to a horrendous start this term as well by losing to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League, and he was eventually sacked as manager at the end of October after a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock left Rangers eight points behind Celtic in fourth place.

And although caretaker boss Graeme Murty has led them to two wins out of two, several of our resident Gers fans are still waiting for the club to appoint a full-time chief, so they may be intrigued by recent reports from The Daily Star which suggest that Gus Poyet is interested in the role.

The former Chelsea midfielder has been out of the game since leaving his role as manager of Shanghai Shenhua back in September, but he does boast managerial experience in Britain having led both Brighton and Sunderland during his career.

And the 50-year-old has thrown his hat into the ring to become the new boss at Ibrox, saying: ‘I would [be interested in the Rangers job].

‘Nobody has called me and nobody has said anything but it is one of the jobs I would be interested in.’

And these comments are sure to intrigue our resident Rangers fans, many of whom are getting increasingly restless about the ongoing managerial saga, with time ticking into a fourth week since Caixinha was sacked.

Landlord’s verdict: Pedro Caixinha’s departure from Rangers came as little surprise to many up and down the British Isles, but what has been surprising is that, three weeks on, the Gers remain without a full time successor.

Several names have been banded about, not least Derek McInnes and Alan Pardew, and there is set to be another one in the mix in the form of Gus Poyet, who has recently admitted that he’d be interested in taking over at Ibrox.

The 50-year-old did a decent job at both Brighton and Sunderland earlier in his managerial career but this would be a step up, and the Rangers hierarchy will certainly have to take that into account were they to approach the Uruguayan.

Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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