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Potentially significant developments in Rangers’ manager search as bookies make new favourite

Rangers supporters were left drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing the Gers go down 2-0 at home to Hamilton on Saturday, a result which leaves them fourth in the Scottish Premiership and nine points adrift of leaders Celtic.

The Scottish giants remain without a manager almost a month on from the sacking of Pedro Caixinha, with former Reading and Southampton defender Graeme Murty still in caretaker charge of the club. And the 43-year-old suffered his first defeat at the helm on Saturday as the Gers went down 2-0 to Hamilton at Ibrox, with second half goals from David Templeton and Darren Lyon securing a deserved win for Martin Canning’s side, and in turn inflicting a third defeat of the campaign on fourth place Rangers.

Thus, there have been many despondent Gers fans in the Tavern this weekend, yet they are likely going to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Record, which details potentially significant developments in Rangers’ search for a new manager.

And that’s because they report that ex-boss Alex McLeish is now the bookies’ favourite to land the job, 11 years after leaving his post at Ibrox.

The former Aston Villa and Birmingham City manager spent four-and-a-half years in charge at Rangers between 2001 and 2006, winning 155 of his 235 games in charge, and helping them to two Scottish Premiership titles as well as two Scottish Cup and three Scottish League Cup crowns.

Yet the 58-year-old has been out of work since losing his job at Egyptian side Zamalek back in May 2016, yet recent reports suggest that he is the favourite to replace Caixinha at Rangers.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes had been the favourite for the post ever since the Portuguese was sacked at the end of October, but with McLeish now odds-on for the role, one senses that Rangers’ search for a new manager could well be coming to a conclusion in the near future.

Landlord’s verdict: Rangers’ search for a new manager has been rumbling on for some time now, what with it almost a month since Pedro Caixinha lost his job at Ibrox.

Several names have been linked with the role, including Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes and Alan Pardew, yet it’s a former Gers chief who is now the odds-on favourite with the bookies for the job, namely Alex McLeish.

The 58-year-old won two Scottish Premiership titles during his first stint in charge at Ibrox between 2001 and 2006, but has been out of work since losing his job at Egyptian side Zamalek back in May of last year.

And with McLeish knowing the club well and evidently knowing what it takes to succeed there, he could well be the man to take Rangers forward once again.

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

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