By Alex Stevens
David Weir has joined Aston Villa in a temporary role until the end of the season, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim Weir has secured a quick-fire return to football just weeks after leaving Rangers in acrimonious circumstances.
It is said that the former Ibrox No2 has joined the scouting team at Villa, where he will join forces with close friend Steve Round, who is the club’s technical director and in charge of recruitment.
The Scottish Sun report that former Scotland and Rangers centre-back Weir, 46, is keen to return to top-level coaching in the summer.
He was Mark Warburton’s right-hand man at both Ibrox and their former club Brentford but the duo left Rangers in controversial circumstances over three weeks ago along with recruitment chief Frank McParland.
Rangers chiefs have sanctioned a complete revamp of the club’s football activities following a wretched campaign in which they have failed to offer any challenge to bitter rivals Celtic.
The Light Blues are 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.
Second-placed Aberdeen are also six points clear of Rangers, who got their campaign back on track with a 3-2 triumph against St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
They also demolished Scottish Premiership rivals Hamilton 6-0 on Saturday to book a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, where they will face bitter rivals Celtic at Hampden Park.
Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last five matches, which have yielded three wins and two defeats.