New name in Rangers manager search, has experience at continental giants - report
By James Black
Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has become the newest name to become interested in replacing Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager, according to a report.
ESPN report that the 52-year-old is widely expected leave the Australian job after their World Cup playoff with Honduras later this week – whether they win or not – and a move to Glasgow interests the former Melbourne Victory manager.
Postecoglou took the Socceroos to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and is on the brink of sealing qualification for next summer’s tournament in Russia.
The four-times capped former international also led Australia to their first Asian Cup in 2015, proving that the Aussies are true giants in the continent they play.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the current favourite to replace Caixinha at Ibrox after leading the Dons to three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership and lifting the 2015 Scottish League Cup.
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Other names that have been mentioned as potential successors to Caixinha include Steve McClaren, Michel Preud’homme and Alex McLeish.
The Rangers board are expected to take their time in making an appointment after sacking Caixinha only seven months into a three-year contract.
Graeme Murty is in temporary charge of the Ibrox side for the second time this year after also taking charge in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation in February.
Football Insider verdict:
There’s almost no chance that Rangers are going to appoint a little-heard-of Australian coach who has never worked a day in British football when they want a manager with a proven knowledge of British football. Almost certainly an agent looking to get their clients’ name out there and linked with a big job. More likely to see Steve McClaren paraded as Rangers’ next manager than Postecoglou. A complete outsider for the job and probably nothing never hear his name mentioned again linked with Rangers. While he’s probably not a bad coach, he’s just the wrong man at the wrong time for the Light Blues.
In other Rangers news, former captain Steven Davis has given his thoughts on the next manager