Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has admitted his manager Steve Clarke could quit his role at Rugby Park and be lured to Ibrox as Rangers continue their search for a new manager.
The Gers sacked Pedro Caixinha 54 days ago and tried to secure Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes but were rebuffed by the former Ibrox midfielder.
Clarke has done a fantastic job at Kilmarnock in the short time since taking the reins at Rugby Park and has helped Killie climb the Scottish Premiership table.
Boyd now admits that Clarke’s success is sure to attract interest and the former Rangers striker understands that it could see Clarke move on.
“The manager was on every job list there was in Scotland for ages,” the Sky Sports pundit said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “Rangers have been linked with more or less everyone, haven’t they? And they still haven’t managed to get anyone.
“It is part and parcel of being where the manager was in his career. He has worked at a high level and, when any job comes up and you are out of work, it is the same people getting linked.
“We are not daft around Kilmarnock. If you are successful and do well, you are going to leave to go to bigger clubs.
“If the right offer comes along and the right financial package is there for you to go and improve yourself, you are going to leave wherever you are.”
Clarke made over 200 appearances for St. Mirren before moving south to join Chelsea in 1987.
After 421 appearances over 11 years at Stamford Bridge, Clarke began his coaching career as number two to Dutch legend Ruud Gullit at Newcastle.
Clarke would return to Chelsea and become Jose Mourinho’s assistant before stints as number two at Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa.
The former Scotland international became a manager in his own right when he was appointed as West Brom boss in 2012.
The now SPFL manager left West Brom in 2013 and was named as Reading boss the following year.
After taking the reins at Kilmarnock in October, Clarke’s first game as Killie boss turned out to be Pedro Caixinha’s last as Rangers manager and the Portuguese was sacked the following day after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Clarke’s side.
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