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McLeish delivers verdict on Rangers draw v Celtic, responds to snub after reported interest

By Will Butcher

Alex McLeish has revealed Rangers overlooked him when appointing Pedro Caixinha, claiming his old side have gone down a “different route”.

The Gers have appointed Portuguese boss Caixinha after the 46-year-old left Qatari club Al-Gharafa, following head of development Graeme Murty’s caretaker spell in charge.

Speaking on Alan Brazil’s Monday Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, McLeish also gave his verdict on the Gers’ point against Old Firm rivals Celtic following Sunday’s 1-1 draw.

“Listen, they’ve gone down a different route but we’ll see what happens with him in charge,” former Rangers boss McLeish said.

“Rangers definitely deserved a draw against Celtic, but it was difficult to see the penalty incident; I don’t think it was of a stone-wall variety.”

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“I thought they did well and surprised me with the performance, so well done to Graeme Murty. They had a couple of wonderful chances, but for Craig Gordon.”

The Scottish Sun claimed last month that McLeish, who has also managed Birmingham and Aston Villa, would have been happy to take the deal on a short-term basis.

However, McLeish has been overlooked and instead watched Sunday’s Old Firm draw with the knowledge that the Gers were set to appoint Caixinha.

Rangers ended Celtic’s 17-match unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership, after Clint Hill scored a late equaliser from close range.

The goal also saw the Gers end a run of three straight defeats to Brendan Rodgers’ side, as Celtic continue to dominate Scottish football.

In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Barrie McKay’s omission from the Scotland squad.

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