Bookmakers reckon Kevin Muscat is the man for Rangers

Bookmakers reckon Kevin Muscat is the man for Rangers
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - APRIL 22: Head coach Kevin Muscat of Yokohama F. Marinos reacts during the second half of the AFC Champions League Group H match against Sydney FC at Thong Nhat Stadium on April 22, 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Photo by Minh Hoang/Getty Images)

Kevin Muscat has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to take over from Michael Beale at Rangers as the Australian former Ibrox midfielder continued to impress in management at Yokohama F. Marinos.

The 50-year-old ex-Rangers man, albeit his Ibrox career wasn’t the longest with just 22 appearances under Dick Advocaat, has absolutely shone in management and already has won multiple league titles in two different countries (Japan and Australia) not to mention several other domestic honours in both.

Is he the right man to take over at Ibrox?

Some Rangers fans are eager for his winning ‘hard man’ mentality, where his approach on the pitch was utterly no-nonsense and very akin to the kind of winning tough approach that Rangers have probably lacked badly since the Grand Master Walter left.

Speaking in 2017 when he was first linked to the job following the exit of Mark Warburton, Muscat said:

“It’s something I’ve not given any consideration to. The reality is I’m contracted to Victory so I’ll just keep carrying on. One thing we don’t do is, with players, comment on speculation and that’s all this is at this point in time. We’ve seen the exodus of players over a period of time, now that’s spreading to coaching staff, it’s great. (But) it’s not something I can consider at the moment because there’s nothing to consider. I’m not going to let anything, let alone speculation, distract from what we’re trying to do in the remainder of this season.”

Not a no, then.

He went on:

“I tell the players, especially the younger ones – ‘reach for the stars and if you fall somewhere short, you’ll be fairly satisfied’. I’m no different and this is a huge club, I’m honoured to be here and I love being here so I’m going to concentrate on doing the best possible job I can at this club.”

And since that interview, he’s gone from strength to strength and has absolutely soared in Oceania and Asia-based football, not unlike Celtic’s ex-boss.

The reality is Rangers need a winner – is that Muscat? Is he the right man to take Rangers where we need to be?

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  1. Perhaps in future. For now and hitting the floor running McInnes and McCann. I was a little worried McInnes couldn’t cut it but he knows exactly what switches this club off and on as does McCann. It’s a yes from me for those two.

    • McInnes had his chance and backed out exactly because he wasn’t the man to cope with the pressure of must win. He’s a good midtable SPL manager, but the winning mentality to cope with Rangers’ demands? Unlikely.

  2. I agree with BlllB , no point in another rookie , we would be in same situation again in 10 months time . We need someone who knows all about the club & SPL . Also rumours were rife a few months back about Mr Souness coming in , well get him in ASAP as DOF …

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