Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has revealed the club never contacted him over replacing Pedro Caixinha despite being widely-tipped as one of the favourites for the job.

The Light Blues brought an end to their manager search by appointing Graeme Murty until the end of the season this week, but the team failed to respond in their disappointing 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Former Gers boss McLeish held the reins at Ibrox for five years between 2001 and 2006, leading them to a domestic treble in his second season.

When former boss Caixinha was sacked, McLeish was widely touted as one of the favourites to take over at the club, and he has now spoken out about the club’s manager search.

Speaking to the BBC, McLeish said: “Rangers, no, I wasn’t contacted. But at the moment, it’s not a job that would suit me.

“I’ve got some plans for other things. I’ve still got a lot to give the game.”

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At one point, McLeish was so heavily-backed to take over at Ibrox that betting was suspended on the next Rangers boss.

Caretaker boss Murty, who was in charge of the club’s Under-20s before his stint in charge, has led the side to six wins and four losses so far.

They currently sit in third in the Premiership, trailing Aberdeen by three points and leaders Celtic by a hefty 11 points at Christmas.

In other Rangers news, Graham Dorrans has revealed one thing that will change after Murty’s appointment.

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