Rangers considering Stuart McCall as ‘back-up’ option

Stuart McCall has emerged as a back-up option for Rangers if they fail to land Derek McInnes in the search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement, according to reports.

Stuart McCall has emerged as a back-up option for Rangers if they fail to land Derek McInnes in the search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement, according to reports.

McCall, who played for the Ibrox side between 1991 and 1998 before returning for a stint as manager in 2015, is being lined up as an alternative if a bid to lure the Aberdeen boss back to Govan is ultimately unsuccessful.

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It was reported yesterday that Rangers will have to fork out £1.5 million in compensation for McInnes, who signed a contract extension in the summer after knocking back the chance to take the reins at Sunderland.

McCall is currently manager at Bradford City in League One in England. The former Scotland international led the Bantams to the play-offs last season and currently has them sitting third behind Shrewsbury and Wigan.

During his spell as Rangers boss he took charge of 17 matches, winning seven, drawing six and losing four. He took Rangers to the play-offs where they were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by McCall’s former club Motherwell.

The Leeds-born manager won the 2012/13 Manager of the Year award while at Fir Park after leading the Steelmen to second place in the Scottish Premier League - the club’s highest finish since 1995 - and repeating the feat the following campaign.