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'Let's nip this in the bud' - Top-flight chief issues Rangers hands-off after summer speculation

Kilmarnock director Billy Bowie has ended speculation linking Killies manager Steve Clarke with the Rangers hot seat.

There have been suggestions that the 54-year-old could join the Gers in the summer with the future of Graeme Murty in the role still uncertain.

Murty took the Rangers post on a temporary basis but there had been calls for the Light Blues to make him the permanent manager.

But after a dip in form, including an Old Firm derby defeat, questions of the rookie’s ability to take the club back to the top of the Scottish Premiership have once again emerged.

And after taking the Killies from potential relegation to fifth in the table, speculation has arisen that Clarke could be the man to take the Gers onwards.

As quoted in the Scottish Sun, Bowie all but ended the talk and said:  “There’s been a lot of speculation but let’s nip this in the bud.

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“Steve signed a two-and-a-half year contract and as far as we are concerned he will be here next season.”

Football Insider verdict:

Clarke certainly comes with pedigree after assistant spells at Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham, and Newcastle. The experience he has taken from those positions would definitely put him in good steed at Rangers. He has already shown that he is not out of his depth in the Scottish Premiership from the improvements he has made at Kilmarnock. Murty though, shouldn’t be pushed be completely disregarded, for there can be no doubting that he and the players have a strong bond and built up a good relationship – there’s hope yet for the interim boss.

In other Rangers news, Josh Windass blasts at Gers fans on Twitter and then deletes.

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