Rangers confirmed on Thursday that they have appointed former player Jimmy Nicholl as the club’s new assistant manager.
📝 #RangersFC are today delighted to confirm the appointment of Jimmy Nicholl as the club’s new assistant manager.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 4, 2018
The veteran coach played for the club in two spells at Ibrox, winning five trophies before embarking on a long and storied career in the dugout at various levels of Scottish, English and international football.
Most recently at club level he was assistant to Paul Hartley at Falkirk, also being involved in the successful Northern Ireland set-up under Michael O’Neill since 2015.
If nothing else he’ll provide plenty of experience and advice to rookie manager Graeme Murty, whose non-playing career before taking up the Ibrox post consisted solely of youth coaching.
It’s certainly an appointment that has caught the imagination of supporters, many believing that he knows exactly what it takes to be a Rangers player and that he will sort out any lack of motivation in the dressing room.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
Welcome home Jimmy Nicholl. I reckon that’s a great appointment 👌🏼
— Cheryl (@gers_chick) January 4, 2018
Fantastic appointment well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🔴⚪️🔵
— SMITHY 🇬🇧 (@smithycrs92) January 4, 2018
Some of the current squad are about to find out in no uncertain terms what it means to play for this club. Good appointment.
— David boyd (@IBoyd1966) January 4, 2018
Don’t know much about his coaching credentials but what I am pleased about is he will certainly be heard in the dressing room if players do not give 100%.
About time we had someone like that in and around the 1st team again. #passion
— RTID (@ScottSmcg10) January 4, 2018
Great appointment and had the pleasure of listening to his stories at a few speakers nights. Above all he knows what it's all about and what it means to be a Ger.
— WR (@wreid384) January 4, 2018
Great move Murty is a good manager though young, Jimmy can be the steady rock he needs and the elder statesman to share experiences give advice and support a Murtys ideas
— Rikki Duncan (@RikkiD64) January 4, 2018
Great news, an ex player who fully understands the club
— Andy Henderson (@AndyHenderson6) January 4, 2018
Been an interesting last few days at Rangers. Jimmy Nicholl is Graeme Murty's no.2. Good for the whole club and he will drill into the players the mentality of playing for Rangers and is a decent coach.
— jamie fenton (@jamie189227) January 4, 2018