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Alex McLeish loses out on Rangers job with Graeme Murty staying til end of season?

So says the rumour mill.

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Alex McLeish looks like he might not land the Rangers job after all, with Graeme Murty looking increasingly likely to remain in charge until the end of the season.

The Press Association reported two days ago that McLeish had yet to be contacted by Rangers, a strange situation if he was set to become the interim, as was seemingly the case. For whatever reason, it looks as though the board have now gone cold on the idea of appointing him, and look likely to stick with Murty before appointing a permanent manager at the end of the season.

The most highly-qualified manager who has a strong link to the role who is out of work right now is Gary Rowett. Frank de Boer, although currently unemployed, insisted he would not take any job midway through the season. Whether either of those are serious contenders remains to be seen.

The appointment of a Director of Football at Ibrox looks likelier to happen sooner, however. Ross Wilson of Southampton is one leading contender.