By Danny Wright

18th Feb, 2017 | 10:43am

Rangers treble-winning defender refuses to rule out reunion as manager hunt continues

By Danny Wright

Former Rangers defender Kevin Muscat hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a return to Ibrox to replace Mark Warburton as manager.

Currently in charge of Melbourne Victory in the Australian A-League, Muscat told the Daily Record that he is happy with his current role but didn’t comment on any of the speculation surrounding him.

The 43-year-old has been in charge at Melbourne since 2013 and it has been his only job in management.

He was linked with the vacancy at Rangers on Thursday.

Muscat spent one season at Rangers in 2002/03 but was part of the squad that won the domestic treble when Alex McLeish, who is also among the forerunners for the job, was in charge.

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“I am currently contracted to Melbourne Victory so it’s something I have not given any consideration to,” he said.

“The reality is that I am contracted to Melbourne Victory, so I just keep carrying on. One thing we don’t do, I tell players, is comment on speculation and that’s where this is at this moment in time.”

Muscat also added that he has not been in contact with Rangers: “I have not spoken to anyone from the club.”

Although born in England, Muscat earned 46 caps for Australia.

He has managed a total of 117 matches at Melbourne Victory, winning 55.

Rangers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and have been without a manager since Warburton was sacked last Friday.

Caretaker manager Graeme Murty won his first game in charge of the Light Blues when they beat Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup 2-1 on Sunday.

He is now the favourite with SkyBet to remain in charge for the rest of the season.

They face a trip to Dundee in their next game on Sunday, which will be their first league encounter since Warburton’s controversial exit.

In other Rangers news, this 37-year-old puts contract talks on hold.

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