By Danny Wright
Alex McLeish has suggested that he would be interested in a second spell as Rangers manager when asked if he would return to Ibrox in the wake of Pedro Caixinha’s sacking.
The 58-year-old won the domestic treble with the Gers in 2003 to write his name into the Ibrox history books and now he has hinted that he is available to the Glasgow giants, should they want him.
Caixinha was sacked by the Rangers board on Thursday following a crisis meeting the morning after the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
Many names have been suggested by fans and pundits, and McLeish is one of those that keeps re-appearing on the lips of everyone discussing the topic.
Now, the Scot has revealed that he is yet to formally apply for the job himself, hinting that he would want Rangers to reach out to him instead.
“Would I go back? Well, they know where I am, they’ve got my number,” he said on BBC 5 Live, as shown on the radio station’s official Sport Twitter account.
“I haven’t applied for the job but I’ve been there before, it’s a huge club and they’re not in a good situation and haven’t been for a few years now.”
"Rangers know where I am, they've got my number"
Will Alex McLeish be returning to Ibrox as manager?
Don't rule it out… pic.twitter.com/hDhACjvcaq
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 27, 2017
McLeish has an impressive CV that may see the Gers board take up his interest in a return.
The ex-Aberdeen player took Motherwell to be shock Premiership runners-up in 1995 in his first managers role before winning seven major honours in his first spell at Ibrox between 2001 and 2006.
After moving south of the border to take charge of Birmingham in 2007, he won promotion to the Premier League and achieved a stunning ninth-placed finish in their first season back in the English top-flight.
He also won the Blues’ second major trophy in their history when they lifted the League Cup in 2011 and qualified for European football.