Alex McLeish interested in Rangers return while Gary Rowett expresses an interest

by Jack Kitson / 13 February 2017, 11:34

Could Alex McLeish be the man to rejuvenate Rangers?

The former Gers boss has emerged as the odds-on favourite for the post after expressing his interest┬álive on TV during the club’s cup victory over Morton.

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McLeish said that it would be hard for him to turn down an opportunity to return to the club he managed for 235 matches between 2001 and 2006, during which he bagged a brace of SPL titles, a couple of Scottish Cups, and a hat-trick of League Cups.

McLeish, 58, went on to manage the likes of Scotland, Birmingham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Genk, and most recently Egyptian side Zamalek, although he’s been out-of-work since getting sacked nine months ago.

But, while McLeish has thrown himself into the mix, he has not been contacted by the Scottish giants since Mark Warburton’s acrimonious exit on Friday.

Other names in the mix include former Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies and Derek McInnes.

Davies (13/8) played for Rangers in the early 1980s, while he’s managed Preston, Derby and Nottingham Forest on two occasions. The 52-year-old has not been spotted in the dugout since his second spell came to an end nearly three years ago, but could a return to management now be on the cards for the fiery Scot?

Another former Rangers player in McInnes (8/1) is currently in charge of the club's top-4 rivals Aberdeen, meaning the Gers would have to shed out compensation in order to secure his services.

Meanwhile, The Scottish Sun is reporting that Gary Rowett is interested in the position north of the border. The former Birmingham City boss, who was recently linked with Nottingham Forest, has been eyeing up a return to the dugout since his shock sacking in mid-December.

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