By Richard Parks
Alan Brazil has urged Rangers to sell up to former shareholder Mike Ashley as there is “no serious money” at the club.
The Glasgow giants have spent five weeks searching for a new manager but have failed to make an appointment amid speculation they are not able to afford the men they really want.
Former Scotland international Brazil insisted current owner Dave King has made a huge mess of his reign and Rangers are paying the price for failing to sanction the bid by Sports Direct tycoon Ashley to buy the club.
Brazil reiterated his belief to get Ashley back on board if he leaves Newcastle as he tipped Alex McLeish or Ally McCoist for the vacant manager’s job.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show on talkSPORT on Wednesday morning, he said: “Come on. Alex McLeish or Ally McCoist, get them in.
“If Mike Ashley sells Newcastle it wouldn’t be a good idea to get him back in and change at the top. Because it’s clear to me, at the top, there is no serious money.
“They are just paddling, they’re not going one way or another, they’re going backwards.
“I’ve said all along about Rangers, they need someone in there who knows what it’s all about, who knows the club. Ally left, so maybe Ally’s out of it. But Alex McLeish would dive at that.
“It’s not a quick fix, they’re miles behind and I mean miles behind.
“You need someone in there who understands what the club means to the supporters all around the world, not just Glasgow.”
Ashley has been the owner of Newcastle since buying a majority stake in the club in May 2007, although his time at the north-east giants has been marked by a series of controversies.
He acquired a minority stake in Rangers in October 2014 and attempted to increase this to the 30 per cent threshold but was rejected by the Scottish Football Association.
Newcastle got relegated from the Premier League for the second time under Ashley’s ownership two seasons ago and are 12th in the Premier League after their 2-2 draw against West Brom on Tuesday night.
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