McLeish shares honest assessment about Rangers managerial pursuit
By Matt Farr
Rangers favourite Alex McLeish has admitted he had doubts over a potential return to Ibrox as manager.
McLeish, 58, was one of the candidates interviewed by Rangers to fill the vacant managerial post at the Scottish club, prior to Pedro Caixinha’s appointment.
The Scot enjoyed a previous six-year stint at Rangers manager, masterminding their domestic treble triumph during the 2002-03 season, but admits he had reservations about re-joining the club.
His honest assessment of Rangers’ managerial pursuit also saw him criticise the club for the amount of ‘politics’ in its atmosphere, suggesting that it could have been difficult to work under such conditions.
Speaking at a William Hill media event, as quoted by the Daily Record, he said: “I wasn’t close. I had doubts about it. I did speak to them and I said that if they were to come back and offer me it, I would like to speak further. It was a very casual chat.
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“They say don’t go back and that was in my mind but they asked to speak to me and it was worth listening to what they had to say.
“I was never 100 per cent, ‘yes I am going back to Rangers’. I wouldn’t have just walked straight back in without some further talks. There is a lot of politics and I don’t know if I needed that at this stage of my life.”
He also insisted that Caixinha was always the priority, revealing the Portuguese was ‘probably uppermost in their minds.’
The appointment of Caixinha as the club’s new manager has seen Rangers go undefeated from the first five league games under his stewardship.
However, the prospect of a first Old Firm derby with Celtic looms at the weekend, with the two sides going head to head in the Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday.
Rangers then face their Glasgow rivals in the Scottish Premiership a week later, hosting the reigning champions at Ibrox.
McLeish, meanwhile, has been without a managerial job since departure from Egyptian side Zamalek in May.
In other Rangers news, McLeish has delivered his verdict ahead of the cup showdown.