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Reports: Ally McCoist to leave Rangers, will spend notice period on 'gardening leave'.

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist will spend his notice period on gardening leave, according to reports in Scotland tonight.

It's been a turbulent few years for Rangers, but the turmoil in recent weeks has sent a dark cloud hanging over Ibrox as the future of manager Ally McCoist became increasingly murky.

McCoist, 52, has been in charge of Rangers since 2011 when he replaced Walter Smith in the dugout, but recent results have seen the former Rangers hotshot striker come under pressure from fans.

Rangers currently sit nine points behind Hearts at the top of the Scottish Championship, though the Jambos have a game in hand, which could leave Rangers 12 points behind.

That leaves their bid for promotion to the Premiership in doubt, and fans believe that a new manager would be getting more out of the players than McCoist currently is.

The situation took a turn late last week when McCoist announced his resignation, only for Rangers to snub his exit bid due to their inability to pay his compensation, so they announced that he would be on a 12-month notice period.

McCoist has continued to be on the sidelines for Rangers, but now it seems that his time as boss is over for good after the Daily Record revealed that he will spend that notice period on gardening leave.

That means he will surrender his role as manager, leaving Rangers to bring in a replacement. Terry Butcher and Stuart McCall, two former Rangers players, are believed to be the frontrunners for the job.

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