Rangers are on the verge of appointing Jimmy Nicholls as their new assistant manager after it was confirmed that Falkirk have given the Glasgow giants the green light to enter talks with the 61-year-old.
Falkirk manager Paul Hartley announced on Saturday that the Light Blues had requested permission to go into discussions with Nicholls with the view to making him Graeme Murty’s right-hand man for the second half of the season.
BBC Sport reports that Rangers are set to appoint the ex-Ibrox youth coach, who worked with the club when Graeme Souness was in charge in the 1980s, after Falkirk’s game against Dunfermline on Tuesday.
Hartley has now confirmed that the experienced coach is poised to leave the Scottish Championship club once some of the finer details of his move are sorted and has wished him all the best on his return to Rangers.
“Rangers have asked for permission to speak to Jimmy and we’ve given them permission,” Hartley said on Saturday, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“He’s just to sort out some fine details. If it happens, we wish him all the best. I’ve really enjoyed working with him for the last couple of months and I’d hoped it was going to be for longer. If the opportunity comes along, we’re not going to stand in Jimmy’s way.”
It is understood that Nicholl will continue his role as Northern Ireland’s assistant manager during his time in the senior set-up at Rangers.
The ex-Manchester United and West Brom defender, who also played for the Gers, has a great deal of coaching experience from his post-playing career from roles at Millwall, Raith Rovers and Hibernian.
With the Scottish Premiership sides now off for a few weeks to enjoy the winter break, it seems there will be a new senior man in the form of Nicholls in the dugout for the Scottish Cup clash against Fraserburgh in January.
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