Rangers ramp up manager search with shortlist of six, this is when new man will take charge – report
By Danny Wright
Rangers will hire a new manager in time for their Old Firm clash with Celtic in March, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the club will begin interviewing people for the job this week, having drawn up a shortlist of six people for the vacant manager and director of football roles.
Managers from across the UK and Europe are being cross-examined as up to 60 serious applications were made for the role.
Rangers travel to Celtic on March 12, but they could hire someone before Friday’s fixture with Inverness CT if the right man comes along.
However, it has been reported that they’re not going to rush into making a decision.
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And, if the right man isn’t available straight away, the club will hire an interim manager to work alongside caretaker boss Graeme Murty.
The club is keen to avoid putting too much pressure on Murty, who has already said that he doesn’t have enough experience himself.
Mark Warburton left Ibrox under clouded circumstances on February 10. Murty, the club’s Under-20s coach, has taken charge since and has won one and lost one game.
Murty is still joint-favourite to take the job at least until the end of the season alongside former Ibrox boss Alex McLeish.
Frank de Boer is another name that’s been linked to the job, but he has said that he wouldn’t start until the summer.
Rangers’ loss to Dundee on Sunday saw them lose ground on Aberdeen in the battle for second place in the Scottish Premiership.
The Dons have opened up a six point lead over Gers in the space of a few days with two victories over Motherwell and Kilmarnock.
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