'Speaks for itself' - Alex Rae urges Rangers to appoint ex-PL boss with glittering CV
By James Black
Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae believes his old club need to “get back to basics” in their search for a new manager – and thinks the Ibrox giants should go for former boss Alex McLeish.
After Pedro Caixinha’s disatrous reign, Rae thinks his old Rangers boss’ acheivements speak for themselves and that McLeish would bring some much needed stability to Ibrox.
The Gers sacked Pedro Caixinha after only 229 days in charge, leaving Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty to take charge for the second time this year.
McLeish – who had a spell in the Premier League with Birmingham City – is unemployed after leaving Egyptian side Zamalek last year.
Rae insists Rangers need to make sure they get the right appointment and is confident McLeish would be a success if he was to return to Ibrox.
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“This is a really important time for the Rangers board because they really need to get it right on the back of these two previous appointments,” Rae said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“They need to get back to basics by bringing in someone who knows the club and McInnes would be a safe pair of hands who would bring stability.
“But having worked with big Alex McLeish I know what he’d bring.
“When you look at his achievements in England – a top nine finish in the Premier League and also winning the League Cup with Birmingham – it speaks for itself.”
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to replace Caixinha at Ibrox.
McInnes has been a big success at Pittodrie and led the Dons to their first trophy in 20 years when they lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015.
Under McInnes, Aberdeen have finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last three seasons and has the Dons sat in the same position in this season’s table.