Would hiring Alex McLeish be hugely underwhelming for Rangers?

Rangers majority share holder Dave King is seen during the  Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

After being linked with young, up-and-coming coaches Michael O'Neill and Derek McInnes, Rangers could be forced to hire Alex McLeish.

Pedro Caixinha poses with a team shirt after he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Seven months ago, Rangers made a mess of finding a replacement for the sacked Mark Warburton. After dragging out the managerial search over a number of weeks, The Gers eventually put all their faith in Pedro Caixinha.

Spoiler alert, that did not go too well.

Back to the present day, however, and it is now over three weeks since Caixinha was axed from the Ibrox dugout. And it appears that Rangers are no closer to finding a successor. In fact, they appear to have taken a step backwards in recent days.

The Scottish FA are now free to open talks with Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill while Derek McInnes, who was understood to be Rangers’ first choice, is being tipped to replace the under-fire Tony Pulis at former club West Bromwich Albion, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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

This has left Rangers stuck in limbo and in danger of making a rather underwhelming appointment, with their primary targets seemingly likely to head elsewhere.

According to the Daily Record, Alex McLeish is now the odds on favourite to take over at Ibrox – which would seem like something of a last-resort appointment given that the 58-year-old has not been linked with the job until now.

McLeish may have won seven trophies in his previous spell at the helm between 2001 and 2006 but his reputation has taken a battering in recent years. After disastrous spells at Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa, the Scot was last season in Egypt with Zamalek – where he lasted just ten games.

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 had a chance to land a forward-thinking, youthful coach like McInnes or O’Neill; someone with a rising reputation who could put their own stamp on the team and lead them for years to come.

Now, it seems that yesterday’s man could be about to make a shock return to the present day. If Rangers want to look forward, it makes little sense to hark back to the past.

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