Shock contender: Mark Allen identifies ex-international boss as best man for Rangers job - report
By Danny Wright
Rangers director of football Mark Allen has identified Steve McClaren as the best possible candidate to replace Pedro Caixinha in the Ibrox manager’s job, according to a report.
The Times claims that McClaren, 56, is a “shock” new contender in the Gers’ search to replace Pedro Caixinha at the helm after the Portuguese boss was sacked by the board last week.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is said to be the front-runner with the bookmakers and even though he has history with Rangers and has proven himself capable in the Scottish Premiership in recent years, McClaren is still the man that the Glasgow club wants.
McClaren has had a host of jobs in his managerial career with his first job coming with Middlesbrough between 2001 and 2006 after assistant roles as Derby and Manchester United.
He is well remembered for his shambolic spell as the manager of the England international team though as they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
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Football Insider Verdict
McClaren has not had a happy time in management ever since he won the Eredivise title with FC Twente in 2010. Seven years without success means that he should be nowhere near to getting the Rangers job, which is arguably bigger than his most recent role at Derby. The ex-international boss has no experience in Scottish football with the closest he ever came to it being in his spell as Boro boss. Aberdeen’s McInnes is the clear option for the Gers board to bring in. He’s a Rangers man and he is performing well with the Dons. Caixinha was a left-field option when he was brought in and the Light Blues cannot afford any more risks.
In other Rangers news, this Gers midfielder will be played in defence in an upcoming clash.