Newcastle-bound Ian Cathro admits he held meeting with Rangers over surprise Ibrox move

Ian Cathro has admitted he spoke to Rangers about becoming their new manager.

Ian Cathro has told The Scottish Sun that he did have a meeting with Rangers over becoming their new manager this summer.

Cathro, 28, has just left his position as assistant manager of Spanish giants Valencia, but is expected to land a job in the Premier League instantly.

The Chronicle report that Cathro is set to join Newcastle United as Steve McClaren's assistant manager, giving him an experienced manager to work with as he continues to grow as a coach.

Given his youth, it would be a surprise to see Cathro make a move to become a manager in his own right, at least for a few years - meaning his opportunity at Newcastle is ideal.

However, the young Scot has now told The Scottish Sun that he did in fact have a meeting with Rangers over becoming their new manager this summer, shortly before they appointed Mark Warburton.

"All I will say about Rangers is that I met a couple of their guys," said Cathro. "I found them to be really positive, intelligent people who have a direction and an idea about what they want to achieve. There is a very positive and fresh energy about them."

"Rangers are an important club for Scottish football, regardless of what position they’re in. It’s healthy for the national game if they can improve themselves and try to build something which contributes to the whole of Scottish football," he added.

Future Rangers manager?

Cathro's comments about Rangers how just how much he respects the Scottish giants, and whilst he held talks with the club, now isn't the right time for him to become a manager.

However, with plans to become a manager in the future, it isn't beyond all realms of possibility that Cathro does end up becoming a Rangers manager years down the line when he has gained more experience.

Now working alongside veteran boss McClaren, Cathro could learn plenty in the coming years - with Rangers no doubt paying attention to his development on Tyneside.

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