By James Black

Former Rangers star Andrei Kanchelskis has blasted Alex McLeish for the way he treated the Russian during his time at Ibrox – calling the Scot “double-faced.”

McLeish managed the former Manchester United and Everton winger towards the end of Kanchelskis’ time at Rangers and the ex-Russia international delivered a brutal put-down of his former boss.

McLeish is the favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha as manager at Ibrox – more than a decade after ending his first spell – as the Rangers fans start to grow impatient with the time taken to replace the Portuguese.

Kanchelskis claims McLeish’s demeanour would constantly change and the 48-year-old believes the former Scotland manager is “not a great man.”

“He was a coach with a double face – today he speak with you okay and after an hour he was double-faced and tell you a lot of rubbish,” Kanchelskis said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

“Some players from Scotland will say what I’m saying.

“One minute he will say everything is okay and the next it is, ‘You **** off’.

“He is not a great man.”

Kanchelskis won two Scottish titles and three Scottish Cups during four years with the Gers under Dick Advocaat and McLeish.

McLeish previously managed Rangers between 2001 and 2006, lifting two league titles, including the treble in 2003, and five domestic cups.

He is now the leading candidate with the bookmakers to take the reins at Ibrox after Pedro Caixinha’s sacking on October 26th, overtaking Derek McInnes in the odds market.
Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty has taken interim control and is likely to be in the dugout again on Friday night when the Light Blues travel to Dens Park to take on Dundee.
The Gers have won two of their three games under Murty so far and sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership.

In other Rangers news, a Premier League club has joined the Light Blues in pursuing one of their top targets.

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