Rangers supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week following their Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell on Sunday, as well as their disappointing draw against Kilmarnock on Wednesday.
The Gers were going after their first League Cup title since the 2010/11 season but failed to make the Hampden Park showpiece next month after going down 2-0 to Stephen Robinson’s side, a defeat which increased the pressure on under-fire manager Pedro Caixinha. And the Portuguese’s stay at Ibrox came to an end on Thursday following their 1-1 draw with Killy on Wednesday night, with Chris Burke’s last-minute equaliser seeing the Scottish giants slip to fourth in the division, and eight points behind leaders Celtic.
Thus, several of our resident Rangers fans have been speculating upon who will take over at Ibrox, but a recent report from Sky Sports suggests that it will not be former Derby County and Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies.
The 53-year-old Glaswegian spent much of his playing career north of the border, including a short spell at Rangers between 1981 and 1984, but it has been in the East Midlands where he has really made his name in management.
Davies took over at Derby in 2006 and helped them achieve promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge, although he left in November 2007 following the Rams’ woeful start to life in the top tier, a campaign to this day which remains the worst of any side to grace the top-flight.
And the former midfielder returned to management down the A52 at bitter rivals Nottingham Forest in 2009 for one of two spells at the City Ground, leading the club to successive top six finishes in the Championship but ultimately unable to reach the promised land, thus resulting in his departure in 2011 before returning for an ill-fated season in 2013.
But reports suggest that he will not be ending his three-wait management exile by taking over at Rangers, with it reported that the 53-year-old is ‘unlikely’ to be called for interview by the club’s hierarchy.
And this big development will surely leave several of our resident Gers fans none the wiser as to who their next manager will be.
Landlord’s verdict: Billy Davies’ last managerial post was a turbulent one at Nottingham Forest, and he has yet to return to the game since his departure from the City Ground in March 2014.
Yet Pedro Caixinha’s sacking as Rangers boss, a club where Davies spent three years as a player between 1981 and 1984, appeared to open the door for a possible return to management, but that appears to have been slammed shut if recent reports are anything to go by.
Thus, Davies’ wait for a return to football looks set to go on, as does Rangers’ search for Caixinha’s successor, with Aberdeen chief Derek McInnes the current bookies’ favourite for the role.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!