'Clever move' - McGovern raves about imminent Rangers deal
Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Michael McGovern believes Jimmy Nicholl’s impending appointment as Rangers assistant manager is a “clever move” from the Ibrox giants as they look to give manager Graeme Murty all the help he needs.
Nicholl is expected to join the Ibrox giants on Wednesday after finishing up with current side Falkirk following their derby clash with Dunfermline on Tuesday afternoon.
The 61-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to the Ibrox management team after a playing and coaching career that saw Nicholl involved with Rangers, Manchester United and the Northern Irish national team.
McGovern believes Nicholl will command “instant respect” from the Rangers players when he links up with them ahead of their trip to Florida later this week.
“It’s a clever move from Rangers because you’ve got Graeme Murty who is a young coach and Jimmy could complement him with his wealth of experience,” McGovern said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He has obviously been at Rangers as a player during a fantastic career that also saw him play for Manchester United and at the World Cup with Northern Ireland.
“His CV means he will command instant respect from all the players in the dressing room and he’s a really positive influence about the place.
“He’s a great storyteller and I’d often sit and have a cup of tea with him, listening to his tales.
“He has told me about Rangers and Graeme Souness and also Manchester United.
“I’m sure he’d be absolutely made up to be going back there.”
Nicholl played for the Gers over two stints between 1983 and 1989 with a brief stop at West Brom sandwiched between his spells at Ibrox.
The Northern Irishman was part of Michael O’Neill’s coaching team at the 2016 European Championship in France after leaving Cowdenbeath following their relegation to League One in Scotland.
Nicholl only joined current club Falkirk in October alongside manager Paul Hartley but the lure of a return to Ibrox has proven too much for the 73-times capped Northern Irish international.
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