Report: Lee McCulloch could make shock return to Rangers despite summer departure

Lee McCulloch could return to Rangers, according to reports.

According to The Sun, former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch could make an instant return to Ibrox having been released earlier this summer.

McCulloch, 37, joined Rangers from Wigan Athletic back in the summer of 2007, and featured as the club's captain last season - though that wasn't always met with joy from supporters.

After a 2-2 draw with Falkirk towards the end of last season, McCulloch made an error leading to a goal and was roundly booed by the Rangers faithful, seemingly spelling the end of his time in Glasgow.

With his contract expiring this summer, McCulloch was one of 11 players to be released by Rangers, with his eight-year spell at Ibrox coming to an end.

However, The Sun now believe that McCulloch could make a stunning instant return to Ibrox, only this time with a role as a coach rather than as a player.

The report states that despite having an offer from Kilmarnock, McCulloch could be in line to return to Rangers as the club's new Head of Youth Development, given that he has a close friendship with new assistant manager David Weir.

Familiar faces

Whilst new manager Mark Warburton arrived with no experience of Rangers as a club, his assistant Weir was an Ibrox legend, and his knowledge of the club should come in handy for Warburton.

Now, another man familiar with the club could return in McCulloch, with Warburton seemingly surrounding himself with staff who have played for Rangers.

That's a smart move from Warburton, who can call upon experienced Rangers star to help him as he embarks on his challenge as Rangers manager next season.

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