Amid the protracted and complicated Ally McCoist resignation debacle, Rangers have commenced their search for a new manager.
Terry Butcher shares 3/1 favouritism to take the reigns from outbound Coisty with former Ger Stuart McCall, but the only individual to have voiced their interest in the post thus far is Italian Gennaro Gattuso.
Available to back at 25/1, the ex-AC Milan man is revered on the Ibrox terraces for his ferocious midfield displays during an 18-month stint in Glasgow.
The Champions League winner is quoted as saying:
‘My situation at Crete is not simple. I wanted to leave but the fans would not let me go and that is okay.
‘I only played for a year and a half at Rangers but it was a big pleasure to do that so, of course, I would be interested in the job there.’
The OFI faithful – the Crete club Gattuso speaks of – are sure to be perturbed by their manager so flagrantly flaunting his desire to depart and their Rangers counterparts would be equally annoyed were he handed the reigns.
Two of his three roles in the management game have been unmitigated disasters, while the job he has done in his current post can hardly be qualified as a home run-hitting success.
His first job in charge of Swiss club Sion was terminated after just 12 games, only three of which ended in triumph.
Unemployment lasted a few days before Sicilian side Palermo tasked Gattuso with getting them promoted back to Serie A following relegation to the second tier the season prior.
With just three wins, a draw and four losses on the so-called “board” after just eight matches, the Eagles opted to swing the axe.
This may not sound as though he was given much of a chance, but when it’s considered that Palermo were beaten just twice more in 2013/14 and went on to claim the Serie B title by 12 points, it becomes clear just how straightforward this job should’ve been.
Having overseen 14 matches at OFI, ‘Rino’ is currently enduring his longest tenure in management, though with just five victories thus far, his win percentage is actually lower than what it was back in his homeland.
Sitting second in the Scottish Championship, nine points adrift of leaders Hearts, Rangers aren’t finding the going as easy as in the two campaigns that have preceded this and, considering Gattuso managed to mess up a far simpler task at Palermo, as well as in his other jobs, he can’t be trusted to get the Gers back on track.