Rangers chief Dave King is preparing for Mark Warburton's successor
The Gers chairman and his board discussed the departure of Mark Warburton and the growing crisis at Ibrox immediately after Sunday’s 2-1 Scottish Cup fifth-round win over Morton.
Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes has support within the Ibrox boardroom, while the work of Tommy Wright at St Johnstone has not gone unnoticed.
However, both of those candidates present an immediate problem to Rangers who would have to fork out compensation to prise them from their clubs midway through the season.
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Mark Warburton left his post as Rangers manager last week
Alan Pardew and Gary Rowett, who were both sacked in December – by Crystal Palace and Birmingham respectively – have also been mentioned as long-shot options to replace Warburton, who has enlisted the League Managers Association to help him fight Rangers for compensation.
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However, while most of the key candidates would prefer to take the Rangers reins on a permanent basis, King is toying with the idea of installing a manager on a contract for the last three months of this season.
King may try to convince McLeish or Davies to take the job on that basis. Rangers under-20 coach Graeme Murty, who took charge against Morton on Sunday, could even be asked to babysit the first team until a permanent boss is put in place this summer.
King said: “We’ve already put in place a process to ensure the best long-term solution is implemented for the club. But due to the obvious time constraints we may have to consider an interim solution.
“Supporters will be further updated once we have something definite to communicate.”
Stuart McCall fulfilled the role of interim boss following the exit of Ally McCoist in December 2014. McCall’s tenure ended when Rangers failed to win promotion from the Championship through the play-offs, with Warburton taking over in June 2015.