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FORMER Lyons manager Paul Le Guen could still come to Ibrox in time for next season if Alex McLeish fails to revive the club's domestic fortunes. Although Le Guen has refused to comment publicly, Scotland on Sunday understands that the in-demand Frenchman turned down the Rangers job because he didn't want to join any club in mid-season, but that he has indicated to Rangers that he would be happy to reconsider at the end of the season if the club still want him.
DAVID Murray last night insisted Alex McLeish's position as manager of Rangers is no longer under threat following the Ibrox club's historic success in progressing beyond the group stage of the Champions League.
THE announcement from David Murray that Alex McLeish is to continue as manager of Rangers would have elicited from my late step-father the brilliantly concise phrase with which he would summarise situations of suspicious ambiguity: "mystery attached."
ALEX McLEISH will celebrate his fourth anniversary as manager of Rangers on Sunday, in charge of a team who have slipped to fifth place in the Bank of Scotland Premierleague as a consequence of one of the worst runs of domestic form the club has ever known.
ALEX McLeish will remain as Rangers manager, club chairman David Murray confirmed at a press conference today in Edinburgh.
AS THE saga over his apparently inevitable departure from Rangers reaches epic proportions, it was somehow appropriate that Alex McLeish yesterday compared it all to Leo Tolstoy's most famous piece of work.
A GAME Alex McLeish hoped might contribute to his rehabilitation instead supplied him with one of his darkest days as Rangers manager. An improvement in fortune had been suggested by Ross McCormack's equaliser last midweek in the Champions League but yesterday what has2 become alarmingly normal SPL service was resumed.
RANGERS begin another troubled week contemplating the thought that a unhelpful set of results this weekend could condemn Alex McLeish's side to sixth place in the Scottish Premier League.
YOU didn't need to speak the language to figure out what O Jogo, the Portuguese sports daily, were getting at on Thursday morning. On their front page they splashed with a picture of a distraught Lisandro Lopez on his knees and with his head in his hands. Beside him they placed a calculator and beside the calculator a graphic of Champions League Group H with Porto bottom of the pile. The headline, loosely translated, was: "Now, we wait."
ALEX McLEISH simply cannot go on like this. Failure to overcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle can only but have edged the Rangers manager closer to the Ibrox exit door. Now even victory away to Artmedia Bratislava in the Champions League in two days' time might only delay what appears to be increasingly inevitable.
RANGERS manager Alex McLeish believes the Ibrox side are finally hitting top form again following a turbulent month.
TWO weeks ago, Alex McLeish was posing for the photographers at Murray Park with the Bank of Scotland’s Manager of the Month award for November, savouring a period which had turned Rangers’ season around and seemed to have discarded any short-term uncertainty over his own position at the club.
ONLY an Old Firm affair such as tonight’s CIS Cup showdown at Ibrox could create circumstances in which Martin O’Neill would make a promise that Alex McLeish has to keep.
ALEX McLeish enjoyed a rare day off yesterday, spending time with his children as he allowed the relief and satisfaction of Thursday night’s dramatic UEFA Cup first-round victory over Maritimo to sink in.
RANGERS manager Alex McLeish wants Fernando Ricksen to extend his stay at the club.
WHAT are the odds on Alex McLeish being caught on CCTV sneaking into Ibrox in the dead of night, screwdriver in hand, desperate to fix that shoogly peg his jacket’s swinging on.
IF NOT quite a case of desperate times requiring desperate measures, there is little doubt that Alex McLeish is prepared to resort to any tactic this evening in his attempt to guide Rangers into the group stage of the Champions League for a second successive season.