Date: 22nd December 2017 at 7:17am
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Steve Clarke has ruled out taking the Rangers job and committed his future to Kilmarnock, amid mounting speculation that he was to make a swift switch to Ibrox.

Clarke, 54, only joined Kilmarnock in October, and has made an instant impact at Rugby Park, leading the side to four wins and four draws from his 10 games in charge.

Kilmarnock now lie in eighth place in the Scottish Premiership, and are slowly making their way out of relegation danger.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Reading manager Clarke replaced Lee McCulloch as boss at Kilmarnock, with the club enduring a tough start to the season.

His side meet Rangers on Saturday in a crucial Premiership clash for both teams, and Clarke is aware of the rumours linking him to the vacant Ibrox hot seat.

Clarke has now moved to distance himself from the Rangers job, and emphatically committed his future to Kilmarnock ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Daily Mail, Clarke said: “‘My quote is: ‘It’s not my intention to leave Kilmarnock for any other Scottish club’. That’s it. I don’t think I need to elaborate on that. It’s quite clear.

“It probably says a lot about me as much as what it says about settling in here. I came here for a reason. I said at the time that a lot of different reasons fell into place at the right time. Nothing has changed that. I didn’t come here to leave. I came here to do a job.

“I came back to Scotland for Kilmarnock. It’s always hard to look too far into the future but it’s definitely not my intention to leave to go to another Scottish club.”

In other Rangers news, Bruno Alves has made an honest admission about playing at Ibrox.

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