By James Black

BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has claimed Rangers may have already spoken with Alex McLeish after the Scot was made favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha as manager.

SkyBet have installed the 58-year-old as favourite to be the next Ibrox manager ahead of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

McInnes had consistently been the favourite since before Caixinha was even sacked after three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.

McLeish is currently without a club after leaving Zamalek in Egypt in 2016 and has had spells with Birmingham, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Scotland and Genk since leaving Rangers in 2006.

Stewart suggested talks may have already taken place with McLeish with a view to him taking the reins at Ibrox.

“I think they might have spoken,” Stewart said about the ex-Scotland boss on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene Extra Facebook Live broadcast.

Rangers have been without a manager since sacking Caixinha on October 26th and fans are starting to get impatient at the time the board have taken to find a new boss.

McLeish was in charge for five-and-a-half years during his first stint at Ibrox and won two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups before leaving in the summer of 2006.

If McLeish does take charge at Rangers he would be the third man to have been appointed as permanent manager twice after Jock Wallace and Walter Smith.

In other Rangers news, a Premier League club has joined the Light Blues in pursuing one of their top targets.

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