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Close shave: Rangers and Alex McLeish

Close shave: Rangers and Alex McLeish - Rangers

Rangers were very successful under the control of Alex McLeish during the earlier parts of the ’00s. The Light Blues won a number of trophies under his management, including a number of doubles and a famous treble in the 2002/03 season.

Imagine what Rangers would give to have those kind of glorious days at Ibrox again! A number of men have turned up in the dugout to try and replicate those feats he achieved, however, many have simply failed and appeared to make the job look a lot harder than it possible should be at times.

In fact, the club almost looked to bring their former hero back to the club in 2017, although they opted for a certain Pedro Caixinha, whose era in Glasgow was quite frankly nothing more than a disaster.

McLeish revealed to The Scottish Sun that he had held talks about the managerial role prior to the Portuguese boss’ appointment and noted that the initial discussions had been ‘nice’.

However, those are comments that are in the past and Rangers must now be thinking that they had an almighty close shave when it came down to it.

McLeish was reappointed as the Scotland national team’s manager once again in February 2018, however, he has since been sacked after an embarrassing start to their qualifying campaign for the 2020 Euro Championships competition.

The Scots looked to have started to build something successful as they were able to finish top of their UEFA Nations League group with three wins from four (although they did struggle at times when maybe they should not have).

However, they were sent back crashing to earth last month when they were humiliated by Kazhakstan and only just managed to squeeze past San Marino with a less than convincing win and subsequently, those results ended his 14-month spell at Hampden Park.

His record since leaving Rangers in 2006 has not been the best overall either, with his first spell at Scotland and his time at Birmingham City may be the only ones worthy of taking note, whilst failures at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Zamalek highlight flaws in his CV.

As they say, it is never a good idea to return to the past and Rangers must be breathing an almighty sigh of relief, even if they went through the horror show of Caixinha.

Rangers fans, how glad are you McLeish was not reappointed back in 2017? Or, do you think things would have turned out differently? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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