As reported by The Scottish Sun, former Celtic midfielder and current ESPN pundit Craig Burley has backed his old teammate at Chelsea, Steve Clarke, to take charge of Rangers this summer.
With Graeme Murty failing to convince fans he has what it takes to pick up results on a consistent basis at the Light Blues, all thoughts are on who could potentially replace the interim boss this summer.
One man who is catching the eye is Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke, who has performed superbly with Kilmarnock this season.
And he’s been backed by Craig Burley for the post, the former Scotland international believing he’s shoo-in.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Burley said:
For what he’s done at Kilmarnock, he should be a shoo-in for the Rangers job.
If they want a manager who’s got experience at clubs like Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool and West Ham, taken West Brom into the top half of the Premiership and now done well in Scotland, who else do they look at?
To me, it’s a no-brainer. You’ll get the halfwits who’ll object because he was a Celtic fan as a kid, but do they want someone who has a proven record or don’t they?
Does he deserve a chance at Ibrox?
Clarke may not have had a full season in charge of Kilmarnock but has taken them from almost certainties to be relegated to a side challenging for a top six spot in the Scottish Premiership, in just five months.
Although making an excellent signing in Youssouf Mulumbu, the Killie boss has mostly inspired the existing talent at Rugby Park, perhaps a sign that he could do an excellent job on limited resources at Ibrox.
He’s brought organisation and belief to the Ayrshire outfit, two things that Rangers lack right now.
With scalps against Celtic, Rangers and almost every other club in the division, he must be a contender for manager of the year in Scotland and, as such, the Gers would be crazy not to consider him this summer if he’s willing to make the switch.