Steve McClaren might have already been working in Scotland had he not taken up an intriguing offer to join Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coaching consultant back in August.
Three months after being considered to replace Ian Cathro at Hearts, however, as reported by the Scotsman, the 56-year-old could return to British shores.
Sky Sports reported on Monday that Rangers have made an informal approach to McClaren about potentially replacing Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox – and the former England manager is understood to be open to discussing the role.
News that Rangers appear to have turned their attention towards McClaren is likely to elicit a rather divided response.
After all, his managerial CV is mixed at best, leading Middlesbrough to their first ever major honour and winning the Eredivisie title with FC Twente but suffering bruising spells at Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United.
McClaren, however, is a seasoned coach with plenty of experience in the British game – an attribute the Rangers board were looking for after the Caixinha experiment blew up in their face, as reported by the Daily Record.
The Sunday Post claimed that Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was set to be announced as Rangers’ new manager in the near future with the Ibrox giants set to stump up the £800,000 compensation to free him and his assistant Tony Doherty from their jobs at Pittodrie.
Though latest reports saying McClaren has been sounded out, and is interested in the job, may cast the potential McInnes appointment into doubt.