Lee McCulloch delivers verdict on surprise move to Euro club after being appointed No 2
Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has opened up on his surprise switch to Polish side Lechia Gdansk – calling the move a “fantastic chance” to experience a different side of football.
McCulloch will link up with former Rangers fitness coach Adam Owen – who is the European side’s boss – as assistant manager until the end of the season.
McCulloch’s most recent role was as Kilmarnock manager before being sacked earlier in the season and replaced by former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke.
The former Rangers and Wigan star revealed he is looking forward to sampling a “different culture” in his six-month stint in Poland and thinks it will massively aid his development as a coach.
“It’s really come up out of the blue and I’m delighted to be taking it up,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I obviously know Adam from our days together at Rangers and he’s looking for someone he can trust to work alongside.
“It’s only six months but it’s a fantastic chance for me to see a different style of football and experience a different culture. It’s a big club with a great, beautiful stadium and it’s also great for my CV to say I’ve worked in another country.
“But most of all it’s all part of the learning experience as far as a coaching career is concerned. It can only help in terms of my own education.”
During his time at Ibrox, McCulloch made over 300 appearances for the Gers and lifted three Scottish titles, three Scottish League. Cups and two Scottish Cups as well as playing in a European final for the Light Blues.
The former Scotland international joined the Gers from Wigan in 2007 for £2.75m and stayed at Ibrox until 2015 as the club made their way back up through the leagues.
McCulloch helped the club win the Scottish Third Division and League One before leaving to join Kilmarnock when his contract expired in 2015.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are expected to announce this done deal within hours after a medical is scheduled.
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