Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has joked that he is “lucky” to sill be involved in football – but admitted that it would be “great” if he was to stay at Ibrox beyond the summer.
Nicholl joined the Light Blues at the start of 2018 as assistant to Graeme Murty before stepping into the caretaker role after Murty was sacked last week.
The Northern Irishman admitted that he was originally brought to Ibrox to see how things worked out with Murty in charge but revealed that “nothing has been said” about plans to keep him at Ibrox next season once Steven Gerrard takes the reins on June 1st.
“I had two-and-a-half months with Falkirk and the board there were kind enough to give me the opportunity to come here for six months,” Nicholl said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“The only situation was to see how Graeme got on and if Graeme was in a good position to get the job then he might have kept me on. It hasn’t worked out and nothing has been said so far about next season.
“I just think I am lucky to still be in the game. If anything happens in the future then great.”
Football Insider verdict
Nicholl has had a long, distinguished career in the game – including three stints at Ibrox as player, coach and now manager – and won’t struggle to find a new club if he does leave Rangers in the summer. The Northern Irishman could just concentrate his efforts on his role as his county’s assistant manager rather than looking for a new club role but it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see him quickly return to Falkirk to continue the job he started with Paul Hartley at Westfield with the Bairns. Before that though, Nicholl needs to make sure the Light Blues are 100% focused on getting wins against Hibs and Aberdeen over the coming week to secure second in the Scottish Premiership and a spot in next season’s Europa League for incoming manager, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard rather than having to rely on bitter rivals Celtic winning the Scottish Cup later this month.