Marco Negri: Why Stuart McCall is ‘best man’ for Rangers job

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Marco Negri believes Stuart McCall is a perfect fit for Rangers.

Italian striker Negri played alongside McCall at Ibrox, and he has told the Evening Times that the former midfielder is a great fit for the Gers.

The 32-goal icon said: “He was a very tough player but he had a lot of quality. He was an excellent professional and a really good team-mate. He was so supportive to me and the new players.

“He has a hard job just now but he has done well so far. I think Stuart is the best man for the job and the club at the moment to help them do that [win promotion] this season.”

McCall has enjoyed a fairly positive start to his time in the managerial chair at Ibrox, losing just one of his seven games in charge, and cementing their status in the Championship play-offs.

Goals have been flowing, and the 3-0 loss to Queen of the South seems like nothing more than a one-off defeat, judging by current form.

The former Gers star looks to have rejuvenated the playing squad into play-off favourites, and there now appears to be a real motivation behind the club to secure promotion to the Premiership. That is not to say that motivation was never there in the previous regime, but McCall has provided a sharpening and focus of this motivation - to great effect.

It is clear that his man-management skills have had an immediate effect at Ibrox, and they should take the plaudits much more than any tactical changes the ex-international has made.

Negri remembers McCall as being a supportive individual, and this same support has been proven in the last few weeks. It is this kind of manager who can deal with the pressure of a promotion fight better than many others, and McCall’s key strength could be the reason the Light Blues find themselves back in their rightful place next term - the top flight.

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