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McLEISH’S ‘CALL ME’ PLEA TO RANGERS AS EBT OUTCOME CASTS A SHADOW

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FORMER Rangers boss Alex McLeish has issued a plea to the Ibrox board: “Call me!”

The 58-year-old, who won seven trophies during his five-year Ibrox reign, revealed he would be interested in taking over from Mark Warburton. 

However these trophies were won during the controversial EBT period for the club, where David Murray used the tax scheme, currently deemed illegal, to recruit and play players that Rangers otherwise could not afford.

McLeish recently admitted that his previous success at Ibrox would not have been possible without the use of the dodgy tax scheme which played a huge role in the club going into liquidation in 2012.

With the Supreme Court sitting next month to make the final decision on the legality of the Rangers tax scheme, it may not be prudent for the current Ibrox board to have an EBT recipient as their manager when the decision is announced – especially as both Dave King and Paul Murray were directors of the previous club. 

McLeish, who replaced Dick Advocaat in December 2001 and spent five years in charge before the introduction of Paul le Guen, is among the favourites for the vacant post.

But he admitted: “There has been no contact from Rangers.

“Obviously, there is a lot of speculation, but at the moment there is no update.

“Listen, I’m a Rangers man, so, naturally, you have to take that into consideration.

“When you get asked to come to a club like Rangers, then, for sure, it would be a hard decision to turn it down.

“If they come and want to speak to me, then I can only take it from there.

“I can’t come out and say I definitely want this job.

“I need to wait and see if Rangers want me first.”

McLeish, who also managed Scotland for 10 months in 2007, has been out of work since being sacked by Israeli outfit Zamalek in May 2016 after only two months at the club.

He has also been boss at Motherwell, Hibs, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Belgian side Genk.

McLeish was at Ibrox yesterday to take in the action against Morton and assist with the Scottish Cup quarter-final draw where he handed Rangers a home draw against either Dunfermline or Hamilton Accies.

He also pulled another of his former sides, Aberdeen, first out of the ballot and they will face Partick Thistle at Pittodrie.

Remarkably, if Hibs beat Hearts in their replay, they will also be at home against either Ayr United or Clyde.

Celtic, too, were his random selection for a Parkhead encounter against St Mirren.

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