Alex McLeish has hinted that he would consider the Rangers manager job if the Glasgow club reaches out to him.
Two bookmakers suspended betting on McLeish, 58, to be appointed by the Light Blues last week, however the Daily Record has since reported that an approach is to be made for Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes on Sunday.
It is understood that the Light Blues want to appoint McInnes, 46, in time for next Saturday’s clash against Ross County, but McLeish has suggested that he is waiting by the phone for an invite from Rangers, who have spent over six weeks searching for a successor to Pedro Caixinha.
“It’s one you can only consider if you get asked and they haven’t,” he said to the Sunday Times. “If Rangers really want me, they’ve got the address and the number and you would always listen, of course you would.”
“It’s not as if I’ve disappeared from the face of the earth and don’t look at football any more,” he added. “It’s still on every channel in this house, when my missus wants to watch Coronation Street.”
Rangers moved up to second in the Premiership table with a 2-1 win at Aberdeen on Sunday in what could have been McInnes’ final game at Pittodrie and Graeme Murty’s final in caretaker charge of the Light Blues.
McLeish has previously managed Rangers between 2001 and 2006, famously winning the domestic treble in 2002/03 before a dramatic downturn in fortunes that have left the Ibrox faithful reluctant to see the ex-Scotland boss make a return to Govan.
The 58-year-old has been out of work since leaving Egyptian giants Zamalek last year in what was one of the more left-field moves of his career after leaving Rangers 11 years ago.
He has also had spells at Birmingham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Belgian outfit Genk.