Valencia’s Scottish assistant coach Ian Cathro has quit.
The 28-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s most promising coaches and has been linked with the manager’s job at Rangers. But he has now returned to his native Dundee after standing down for family reasons.
Cathro spent two years working with Portuguese boss Nuno at Rio Ave before following him to Spain last summer. Together they guided Valencia to fourth place in La Liga.
Bookmakers have now installed him as the second favourite to take over Rangers, behind former Brentford boss Mark Warburton.
Cathro said: “I would like to thank Nuno Espirito Santo for the opportunity to work with him in the top leagues in Portugal and Spain. It has been a unique and hugely rewarding experience for an ambitious Scottish coach. This was a very difficult decision to take and was agreed some time ago.”