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21st Jan, 2018 | 3:43pm

'I’m not bitter' - 53-yr-old explains how fateful 20 minutes ruined chance of being Rangers manager

Former Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall believes Rangers’ playoff defeat to Motherwell while he was manager – more specifically the 20 minute spell when Motherwell scored three times – cost him a chance at landing the job long-term.
The former Ibrox star was appointed on a short-term basis after Ally McCoist resigned and a brief stint with Kenny McDowall as caretaker.
McCall, 53, guided the Gers to the promotion playoff final against the Steelmen before an incredible 20 minute spell either side of half-time torpedoed any hope McCall had of succeeding McCoist beyond the end of that season.
The Gers lost to Motherwell over two legs before Mark Warburton was appointed that summer and led the Gers to automatic promotion as champions the following season.
McCall admitted he wasn’t bitter about the chance slipping through his fingers but admitted he could still be Rangers boss today if things had gone differently.
“Those 20 minutes at Ibrox probably did me for getting the Rangers job. Certain things happen in your life that define it and that was my sliding doors moment,” the 53-year-old said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I’m not bitter — I’m grateful I had the opportunity. But you wonder about those 20 minutes of madness. I might still have been there . . . you don’t know.
“Because I wasn’t Rangers’ caretaker manager. I was the club’s 14th manager, albeit only until the end of that season.
“It might have been tough for the club to give it to me after getting beaten the way we did by Motherwell.
“But there was an acknowledgement at the club that Kenny Black and I had done OK and that we were in the running for it.”
McCall made 275 appearances for Rangers as a player and lifted six Scottish titles, three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups in a glittering Ibrox career as well as picking up 40 caps for Scotland despite being born in Leeds.
The former Scotland international was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
In other Rangers news, there have been discussions held about the Gers’ hunt to sign this international playmaker from the Premier League.
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