Report: Ex-Rangers manager Alex McLeish 'no longer in the running' to make Ibrox return

Alex McLeish is reportedly out of the running to become the next Rangers manager.

According to The Sun, Rangers are no longer considering Alex McLeish as a managerial candidate for the role at Ibrox, with Mark Warburton edging closer to the job.

Having lost 6-1 on aggregate to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership play-off final, manager Stuart McCall looks unlikely to keep his job, with his short-term contract set to expire.

A host of names have been linked with the role, as new chairman Dave King looks to appoint his manager for the future - but there seemingly won't be a shock Ibrox return for McLeish.

The 56-year-old managed Rangers for five-and-a-half years between December 2001 and the summer of 2007, winning 66% of his games as well as two SPL titles.

Since then, McLeish has taken charge of the Scottish national team, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and most recently Belgian side Genk, who he left at the end of the season.

That prompted The Sun to report earlier this month that McLeish and his assistant Alex Rae had been sounded out for a potential return to Ibrox - but now, they suggest that McLeish is 'no longer in the running' for the job, with ex-Brentford boss Warburton allegedly a matter of hours away from taking charge.

That leaves McLeish without a club as we head towards the summer transfer window - though given his exit from Genk, a return to British football may not be too far away.

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