Rangers finalise terms with senior man - reliable journalist
Rangers have finalised terms with Jimmy Nicholl and have appointed him as their new assistant manager, according to a reliable journalist.
Scottish Sun reporter Andy Devlin claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that Nicholl, 61, has agreed terms to become the latest addition at Ibrox, joining up with Graeme Murty’s coaching team.
Jimmy Nicholl is Rangers’ new No.2 having finalised deal tonight. Carlos Pena keen on return to Mexico, but work to be done on loan deal with Pedro Caixinha’s Cruz Azul.
— Andy Devlin (@AndyDev28) January 3, 2018
Nicholl had two spells at Rangers during his playing career and was also part of the coaching set-up in the 1980s when Graeme Souness was in charge of the first-team.
BBC Sport has previously reported that the new Gers senior man will continue in his role in the Northern Ireland set-up as assistant manager to Michael O’Neill.
He was only appointed as Falkirk’s assistant manager in October, and their manager Paul Hartley had confirmed that the Northern Irishman has been given the green light to go into talks with the Glasgow club.
Football Insider verdict
Nicholl’s appointment is very interesting because his superior at Norther Ireland, O’Neill, was linked with replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager of Rangers. Murty is likely to only be in charge of the Light Blues until the end of the season, so with O’Neill still up for grabs after not yet being poached by Scotland, could the Gers make a move for the ex-Brechin boss in the summer? Nicholl’s experience will no doubt prove very useful to Rangers. He is a former player and a former coach of the club so ticks all the boxes. It’s going to be an interesting second half to the season at Ibrox and Murty and Nicholl will certainly both have their work cut out.
In other Rangers news, it has been confirmed that this goalkeeper has completed a transfer away from Ibrox.
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