By Matt Farr

Former Rangers forward Nacho Novo believes that Alex McLeish is the right man to succeed Mark Warburton at Rangers.

Warburton was dismissed from his post at Ibrox on Friday evening, and McLeish is among a number of candidates that have been strongly linked with the vacant managerial post.

McLeish has already admitted he would consider a return to Rangers, having previously managed the club for five years between 2001 and 2006, before moving to England and the Premier League.

Meanwhile, bookmaker SkyBet slashed the odds on the former Birmingham chief becoming the next Rangers manager on Sunday, installing him as the clear favourite.

Ex-Rangers favourite Novo, who played under McLeish for his final two years in charge, firmly believes that he is the ideal choice to lift the club out of their current predicament.

He told the Scottish Sun: “Big Eck was like a dad to me when he brought me to Rangers in 2004. He can be the man to take the club forward.

“Eck was a big success as a manager – he knows how the club works. He’s been there and done it and he would be a big favourite with the fans.

“I know he has the ability and passion to make the club great again.”

McLeish guided the club to a total of seven titles during his time at Ibrox, and oversaw the domestic treble triumph in the 2002-03 campaign – a feat they have since failed to achieve.

The 58-year-old is not, however, the only former Rangers figure to be linked with the managerial post. Frank de Boer and Derek McInnes, two former players, are also believed to be in the running.

Development coach Graeme Murty is currently in temporary charge of first-team affairs, and led the club to a narrow 2-1 win over Morton in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, this senior Leeds figure is also reportedly on the Scottish club’s radar.

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