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Rangers managerial choice is obvious: Appoint Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish of Nottingham Forest is presented to the fans prior to the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace at City Ground on December 29, 2012 in...

Rangers need to reset by handing the reigns at Ibrox to former boss Alex McLeish, who has already proven himself a winner.

Alex McLeish of Nottingham Forest is presented to the fans prior to the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace at City Ground on December 29, 2012 in...

Rangers remain cautious over their vacant managerial job and are not rushing into making any appointments.

That is partly because the list of candidates is hardly inspiring, with Steve McClaren, Gus Poyet and Alan Pardew failing to get anybody excited despite putting themselves forward for the role.

This forms some of the reasoning why Rangers should opt for a proven commodity, and decide to appoint former manager Alex McLeish.

Pedro Caixinha attends a press conference as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

McLeish is out of work and was interested in the role before Pedro Caixinha got appointed. BBC Sport report that McLeish remains keen if the club still want to speak to him.

With the Gers struggling to catch up to rivals Celtic since winning promotion in 2016, it makes even more sense to appoint a manager who has been there and done it.

McLeish is a proven winner in Scottish football, leading Rangers to league title successes in 2003 and 2005, and Scottish Cup wins in 2002 and 2003.

He did so with a 65 per cent win percentage as manager, superior to Pedro Caixinha's 51 per cent.

Alex McLeish of Nottingham Forest looks on during the npower Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on January 19, 2013 in Derby, England.

It may be more than a decade ago, but McLeish knows the club, will take no time to adapt, and has been paying close attention to what has been going on at Ibrox lately.

He recently questioned the fitness levels of the Rangers players, telling The Scotsman after their loss to Celtic: "When you lose a goal, mentality is one thing but when [the players] don’t look fit enough that’s another.”

McLeish does not have a magic wand to make Rangers beat Celtic, but he can bring them closer, and he has done it before.

Why risk another unproven commodity like Caixinha who can pull them even further away, when the obvious solution is just waiting for a phone call?

 

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