'Sunday or Monday' - Rangers senior man opens up over Ibrox future as contract enters final days
Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has admitted he will “see what happens” over his Ibrox future when his time in charge comes to an end following Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hibernian.
The Northern Irishman joined the Light Blues from Falkirk at the turn of the year as assistant to Graeme Murty, before replacing the former Reading captain following the 5-0 Old Firm thrashing at Celtic Park.
Nicholl honestly admits he’ll “sit by the phone” and wait to hear if he will be offered a role in Steven Gerrard’s backroom team – but insisted it is nothing that he has not been doing since he hung up his boots as a player in the early nineties.
“This is what I’ve been doing since I finished playing 20-odd years ago,” Nicholl said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“You never wish your life away. You just sit by the phone and wish it would ring. I’ll see what happens on Sunday or Monday.”
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This is old ground for Nicholl with a coaching career stretching back 30 years. The Northern Irishman will not be short of work if he does leave Rangers, already having a role in Michael O’Neill’s Northern Irish coaching team, while it would not be a surprise to see him make a return to Falkirk after leaving just weeks after his initial appointment. The 61-year-old is one of these people who seem to always be around and have a job somewhere in football and that will not change after his brief return to Ibrox. Nicholl could still end up staying wih the Gers – even short-term – but it does not seem too likely with director of football Mark Allen a safer bet to take care of ensuring any handover to the incoming management team is as seamless as possible. The Northern Irishman was never going to have any long-term future at Ibrox even if Graeme Murty had stayed in charge so it won’t be a shock to see him leave.