Report: Steve McClaren interested in Rangers job after entering informal talks

Rangers fans are seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers looked set to appoint Derek McInnes but Steve McClaren cannot be ruled out of the running just yet.

Steve McClaren manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Burton Albion at the iPro Stadium on February 21, 2017 in Derby, England

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.

Steve McClaren, Manager of Derby County reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Derby County and Leicester City at iPro Stadium on January 27, 2017 in Derby, England.

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.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

Though latest reports saying McClaren has been sounded out, and is interested in the job, may cast the potential McInnes appointment into doubt.

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