ALEX McLEISH is set to become the new manager of Rangers.
This morning bookmakers Ladbrokes suspended betting on the Ibrox job as after taking a series of significant bets on the job that has been vacant for a month since Pedro Caixinha was sacked after a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
Derek McInnes was the long time bookies favourite for the job and the Ibrox club were rumoured to have briefed the media that the Dons boss was their first choice.
However no official approach was ever made to Aberdeen and that would have triggered a buy-out clause which Aberdeen inserted into McInnes’ new contract which was signed in the summer after he rejected an approach from Sunderland.
Rangers, short of cash, were not in a position to fund this and the attempts by the media to unsettle McInnes failed when both the Aberdeen chairman and manager came out with coordinated statements designed to rule McInnes out of the Ibrox job.
After two damaging and demoralizing defeats to Hamilton at Ibrox and then to Dundee at Dens Park on what turned out to be a Black Friday for Rangers, the board now look set to act and appoint the former Scotland boss.
McLeish was a candidate to replace Gordon Strachan and openly touted himself for the job ahead of the Betfred Cup semi-finals. But it looks like he is Ibrox bound.
David MacDonald of Ladbrokes confirmed that the betting had been suspended.
“Money talks and the bets we have seen suggest Alex McLeish is on the verge of returning to Rangers.”