Rangers

BBC Sport Scotland pundit Alex Rae has claimed that Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke simply has to be on the Rangers board’s radar for when the season ends.

Graeme Murty is set to remain in charge of the Light Blues until the summer and after two back-to-back defeats in the Scottish Premiership, questions are being asked of his ability to be able to lead the club into the 2018/19 campaign.

Many fans have suggested Clarke should be the man to take over at Ibrox after seeing a miracle turnaround at Rugby Park.

The former West Brom and Reading boss took charge of Killie while they were bottom of the table and has since led them up to fifth, beating both Celtic and Rangers in the process.

He has picked up 11 points from five meetings with the two Old Firm giants and has not suffered a single defeat.

Ex-Gers player Rae, who now works for BBC Sport Scotland, has suggested it is a no-brainer for Dave King to have his eye on Clarke going into the summer.

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“If Rangers could win the Scottish Cup and finish runners-up then that would be a success. But if they don’t, it’s all up in the air,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“That’s why, unlike when Pedro Caixinha was sacked, they need to have a Plan B in place and be ready to push the button.

“Steve Clarke has done a remarkable job with Killie — taking on and beating the Old Firm with a fraction of their resources.

“I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on their radar. In fact, if he isn’t, they’re not doing their jobs properly.”

Football Insider verdict

Rangers fans appear to be split on whether they should go after Clarke – but who aren’t they split about? There is still the rest of the season to go but if Clarke can catch up with the Premiership’s top four and maybe even pick up a few more points off Rangers and Celtic then surely he must be the number one target in the summer. There’s not many managers in Scotland who can boast a successful spell at a Premier League club after earning his badges at Chelsea during their dominance last decade. In fact there’s only one, and he’s currently winning all there is in sight and breaking records in the east end of Glasgow.

In other Rangers news, fans have demanded that the club signs this Old Firm scourge in the summer, claiming he is better than Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.

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