Rangers have announced that caretaker manager Kenny McDowall has left Rangers with immediate effect. The former Celtic coach had been in charge in Pressure Cleaning work before being put on gardening leave by the previous Rangers board.
Former Motherwell manager Stuart McCall takes over as manager until the end of the season with Rangers currently in third place in the Scottish championship, some five points behind Hibernian and 22 points behind league leaders Hearts.
McDowall had handed in his notice back in January, and to see out his notice period, but the Ibrox board and coach seem to have come to an arrangement that sees him leave the club early.
In a statement published via the official Rangers website, McDowall said: “It was an honour and privilege to work for Rangers Football Club and I will leave with so many positive memories. I have worked with so many talented people since I joined and I will forever be in Walter Smith’s debt for bringing me to Rangers.
“Working with Walter, Ally McCoist, Ian Durrant, Jim Stewart and all the backroom staff plus the staff at Ibrox and Murray Park was a pleasure and I wish the club well for the future.
“I was delighted to play a part in the club’s history and I wish the supporters and new management team all the very best.”
Interim chairman Paul Murray, paid tribute to the outgoing McDowall, adding: “Everyone at Rangers Football Club thanks Kenny for his contribution and we will never forget the part he played in our success since he joined under Walter Smith in 2007.
“He is a man of integrity and honour and gave everything during his time at the club. Kenny worked under extremely challenging circumstances in recent months but he always gave everything he could to try to secure results for the football club.”
Under McDowall Rangers have won just three games out of a possible ten in all competitions, with his final game being the 1-1 draw with Queen of the South on Tuesday night.