Alex McLeish is favourite to take over from Mark Warburton
In the wake of Mark Warburton’s departure, 58-year-old McLeish heads a list of candidates capable of taking over until the end of the season and steadying the ship.
Chairman Dave King is still pondering how the club moves on from the Warburton era, and is now looking at applying a plaster to the wound while he searches for a long-term cure to the club’s many ills.
McLeish spent four-and-a-half seasons at Ibrox from December 2001 to May 2006, winning seven trophies and claiming a treble in 2003 while pitting his wits against a Celtic side bossed by Martin O’Neill.
And one of his treble-winning players from that time reckons McLeish ticks all the boxes required for an immediate face-saving job in Govan.
Maurice Ross knows the problems at Ibrox are deep-rooted and will not be solved by one managerial appointment.
But as the club deals with the latest crisis to engulf it, making sure McLeish is brought into the hotseat would be positive start.
Ross, now a manager in his own right with Faroe Islands side TB, said: “Bringing Alex McLeish back would be a very shrewd choice.
McLeish previously managed Rangers from 2001 to 2006
“He’s ideal to steady the ship in the short-term after the departure of Mark Warburton. It’s one thing being the manager of Brentford, but another taking on the role at Rangers and that has been proved in recent times.
“It takes a special breed to be a Rangers player or a Rangers manager because the job is all-encompassing.
“Alex can handle the press, he’s great at dealing with players, he’s a salt of the earth character who the Rangers fans can identify with and he has great knowledge.
“Much as it pains me to say it, but the league has long gone and Rangers have to try to restore some credibility.
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“I’m fed-up with the soap opera and the stories that come out of the club. I’m primarily interested in the football and can do without all the drama that surrounds Rangers.
“Bringing Alex McLeish back as manager would be a start. He’d make players and fans feel safe and secure and he would return to the club after 10 years during which he’s been at some top clubs in England and also experienced international football and the game abroad.
“In short he’d return better equipped to do a job than he did very well first time around.
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“He’d also be humble enough, I think, to take the job in the interim without needing to know it was his for three or four seasons.
“It might turn out that he’s the best man for the long term, but he’d definitely be my choice and a wise choice for now.”
Ross played in a McLeish side blessed with great talents such as Barry Ferguson, Ronald de Boer, Stefan Klos, Michael Mols and Claudio Caniggia.
That same talent pool isn’t available at Rangers right now, but Ross still can’t believe the state his old club find themselves in halfway through their return to the top flight.
And he reckons the lack of a plan and an identity is crippling the chances of a revival against a Celtic side streets ahead on and off the park.
Ross said: “The situation reminds of the time Rangers were winning nine-in-a-row and Celtic were a shambles with all the ‘sack the board’ chants.
Mark Warburton left Rangers at the weekend
“Admitting that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. That’s why Alex coming in would be a much-needed and positive step back in the right direction.
“I can’t believe Rangers’ recent signing policy. It’s been a shambles. Take the Rangers strips off these players and properly evaluate the signings – they’ve been dreadful.
“They all seem to be the same type – 70-80kg boys coming off a production line down south. And if it’s not that, it’s guys at the end of their careers one year away from quitting the game. Where’s the logic in that?
“Celtic have brought in the likes of Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk and sold them on. What’s Rangers’ plan?
“Aberdeen under Derek McInnes have a team with men at the back who do a solid job and have pace and flair in attack.
“Rangers are still paying good money and should be able to recruit better than what has been brought to the club in the last two years.”