Ally McCoist: This Rangers senior man would be perfect in Gerrard backroom staff
Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed his “hope” that Jimmy Nicholl is retained as part of Steven Gerrard’s backroom staff at Ibrox next season – and thinks the Northern Irishman would be the “perfect” choice to work alongside Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister.
Nicholl joined the Light Blues in January to assist Graeme Murty and was made caretaker last week when Murty was sacked following the 5-0 thrashing by Celtic.
The veteran is in his third spell with the Gers, stretching all the way back to 1983, and is expected to move on when his contract ends in the summer but McCoist thinks having someone around with a “bond” to the club is crucial for Gerrard when he arrives.
“I hope there is a place for Jimmy Nicholl at Rangers, I really do,” McCoist said of the Gers senior man, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“We are all delighted and I wish Steven Gerrard and Gary (McAllister) all the best but I really do think it is important there is a bond and a tie there with someone who knows what Rangers Football Club is all about and Jimmy Nicholl would be perfect for that.”
Football Insider verdict
Although he is a Motherwell fan, Gary McAllister knows what the Gers are all about and Nicholl – like anyone else at Ibrox – should only be kept on if he is the best man for the job. Far too many at Rangers have been kept around because they are Gers fans and not because they are capable of taking the club forward and that needs to change. Nicholl is a quality coach although Gerrard will likely have his own ideas about who he wants to surround himself with at Ibrox as he takes his first steps in management on his own. The former England and Liverpool captain will have a wealth of contacts to tap into as he looks to build his backroom team. Gerrard could still bring one or two of his former colleagues at Liverpool north with him as he gets to work trying to stop Celtic from picking up an eighth consecutive Scottish title.