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DE BOER’S INTERESTED BUT McLEISH IS THE MAN FOR RANGERS

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FRANK DE BOER would be interested in talking to Rangers if they approached him following the departure of Mark Warburton. 

The former Ibrox player has been out of football since being sacked by Inter Milan in November last year after he had previously led Ajax to four Eredivisie titles.

Warburton left Rangers in bizarre circumstances on Friday evening, with the club releasing a statement saying they had accepted his resignation along with those of assistant David Weir and Head of Recruitment Frank McParland.

De Boer insisted there had been no contact from the Glasgow side with regards to the manager’s job.

However, the Dutchman admitted he would not dismiss it.

The former Barcelona star, who joined Rangers from Galatasaray in 2004, said: “I would always listen, that’s for sure.

“Right now, I am just taking a break and just looking more for next season and, hopefully, to start in pre-season, not to start in the middle of the season.

“It’s a long time since I have been able to have a break because when I was 14 I started to play for Ajax and when I quit my career I started directly to be a coach, first youth and then as a head coach.

“It is my first time in almost 32 years that I’ve had a break for two or three months so I am enjoying that.”

De Boer said he was sad to see his former club in such a position, with the row over Warburton’s exit possibly heading for the courts.

He added: “Yes, because every club where I played, especially Rangers and Barcelona, who I have warm feelings for, you want to see a club that’s very stable and doing well.”

After being asked if he could possibly return to Rangers to help them out of their current predicament, De Boer answered: “You never know.”

The Dutchman would seek assurances from Dave King and his board over the budget he would have to improve the squad and mount a challenge to stop Celtic’s quest for Ten in a Row.

King’s statement yesterday revealed that £18million of the much publicised £30million over-investment has already been made. 

And with the outgoing management team set to claim over £1million in compensation the remaining balance will diminish further.

Many Rangers fans will be making their way to Ibrox asking themselves where that £18million already spent has gone.

For these reasons don’t expect to see De Boer at Ibrox, the smart money is on Alex McLeish.

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