Gordon Durie returns to Rangers as coach

Ally McCoist and Gordon Durie at Euro 96. Picture: SNS
Ally McCoist and Gordon Durie at Euro 96. Picture: SNS
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FORMER Rangers striker Gordon Durie has joined the club’s coaching staff to work with the reserves and under-20s.

The 47-year-old – who spent almost seven years at Ibrox between 1993 and 2000 – will work closely with youth coach Billy Kirkwood.

Durie was previously manager of East Fife, before stepping down from the position in November due to ill health, but is now well again as he prepares to take on the new role at Rangers.

Manager Ally McCoist told RangersTV: “Everybody got a bit of a fright when Gordon was unwell not so long ago but thankfully he has been given the all-clear and he’s in fine fettle. He’s coming in to take the under-20s and the reserves with Kirky and hopefully with the numbers we’ll have, we can get some games arranged against quality opposition.

“I’d be very, very hopeful we can organise friendlies with teams from down south and maybe even take the boys on the road if need be. It’s important the lads are kept ticking over and Gordon will play a big part in that.

“We lost Tommy [Wilson] earlier this year and Alan Kernaghan left not so long ago, so it’s good to fill that gap. We’ve been down on numbers and it was high time we got a replacement. We’re delighted with who we’ve got and Gordon has fitted in exceptionally well in his first couple of days.”