Alex Rae comments on first return to Rangers as part of opposition

Alex Rae started his career at Rangers before returning to win the league title, but he is currently preparing to return to the club as St Mirren boss.


St Mirren manager Alex Rae has told The Evening Times that he won't spend the build-up to his return to Rangers "going down memory lane".


Rae has a strong affinity to the Old Firm giants after beginning his career at Ibrox before returning to the club in 2004 to claim the league and cup double in his first campaign.


Since being released by the Gers in 2006, Rae has forged a career in the dugout both as manager and coach, and he was recently appointed as boss of The Saints to try to ensure that the club do not become embroiled in a relegation scrap.


The 46-year-old has acknowledged that it will be strange facing his boyhood club, but he has insisted that there will be little time for sentiment in the time leading up to the fixture.


Rae said: “I have never come up against Rangers before as a coach, manager or player. There is no doubt it is going to be a little strange going back to Ibrox under those circumstances, but I used to get changed in the away dressing room as a young boy at Rangers.

"It was just great having the opportunity to start my career there and I have fond memories of having the chance to work beside some of the people on the staff at that time such as Davie Cooper, Ian Durrant and Derek Ferguson.

“It was an impressive time, but I don’t want to spend my time this week going down Memory Lane. I have a game to focus on.”

Since taking over at St Mirren, Rae has guided the club to five victories from eight games, while they have conceded just two goals in their last four outings.

They can take plenty of confidence into the clash with the league leaders, but Rangers will be looking to build on their eight-point advantage after Hibernian suffered a setback on Wednesday.

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