Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on who will be the next Rangers manager after a flurry of backing for Alex McLeish – and fans are far from impressed with the club’s apparent choice.
The 58-year-old spent five years as Rangers boss between 2001 and 2006 and led the Gers to two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups before leaving to make way for Paul le Guen’s appointment.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes confirmed the news in a tweet on their official Twitter account on Monday morning.
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) November 27, 2017
Since leaving Ibrox, McLeish has had spells with Scotland, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Genk and Zamalek with varying levels of success but it’s his record at Ibrox that has fans worried.
Despite winning trophies during his time as manager, McLeish also led Rangers to the worst run of results in their 145-year history – failing to win in 10 consecutive games – and finishing third in Scotland’s two-horse race championship.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Bookies stop betting on McLeish and noo on sky sports he says there’s been no contact whatsoever!! The circus continues Troops! ????????⚪️????
— Stephen Purdon (@stephen_purdon) November 27, 2017
McLeish will prob end up getting it and they are just backtracing due to the AGM being a few days away. ????????
— Simon (@simon1872) November 27, 2017
I’d keep the shotgun drawer locked regarding the McLeish stuff just now. Bookies odds in these markets are more for publicity than serious guides.
— Heart & Hand (@ibroxrocks) November 27, 2017
Alex McLeish? Wow we really are just a top 6 club now with no money or ambition.
— Sam83 (@Topchef1983) November 27, 2017
Think some fans have short memories on McLeish – He done well with the majority of a squad Advocaat left, and when it came to rebuilding that squad we got Emerson, Østenstad brought in with fans protesting at performances
For every Prso, there was a Dragan Mladenovic & Dan Eggen
— Grant Miller (@GrantMiller87) November 27, 2017
Alan Pardew would be a great fit for Rangers IMO. Experienced, grafter who would get right under Celtic's skin. Extraordinary if they give to Alex McLeish – talk about jobs for the boys.
— Matteo (@matteoj77) November 27, 2017
McLeish era was the worst football I’ve ever saw us play. Worse than McCoist with better players
— Robert Allison (@shotgunallison) November 27, 2017
Rangers have been hunting for a new boss for over a month since sacking Pedro Caixinha on October 26th.
Interim manager Graeme Murty is expected to take the reins for this week’s double-header with Aberdeen after being handed the reins in the wake of Caixinha’s sacking.
Murty has been in charge for four games so far – winning two and losing two – as the Gers’ season looks like being over before the Christmas decorations are up.
In other Rangers news, Gers player ratings against Dundee sees this senior player receive a shambolic 3/10.