Brian Laudrup and Terry Butcher chances for Rangers reigns
It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Rangers fans, with Ibrox legend and now ex-boss Ally McCoist finally departing the Glasgow giants.
With the Old Firm outfit pushing for promotion back to the Scottish Premiership, Coral writers assess the candidates for replacement coach.
Former Preston North End, Derby County and Nottingham Forest manager Davies is currently without a club, but is odds-on favourite at 4/6 with Coral to return to management at Ibrox.
The ex-Manchester United academy product spent three years with Rangers as a player, and is now tipped to return to his hometown club to take over.
It is understandable why much-maligned Mike Ashley and co would take a chance on the out-of-work manager, after Davies guided Derby to Premier League promotion via the play-offs back in 2007.
That achievement was the high-point of divisive Davies’ career, however, as he has since failed to take the Rams’ rivals Nottingham Forest back to the top tier twice. So, perhaps he is not the best choice to be tasked with bringing back glory days to Gers after all.
Ex-England captain Butcher was reported to have recently pulled out of the running to return to former club Motherwell, but is joint 6/1 second-favourite to snatch the Rangers reigns instead.
An inspirational figure, famous for his bloodied and bandaged heroics in an England shirt, the ex-Rangers defender could be just the man to rouse Gers deflated squad.
Having steered Motherwell to a Scottish League Cup final in 2005 and managed extensively in Scotland, the ex-Sunderland boss could be a relatively safe and reliable pair of hands. Above all, Rangers need a strong presence to steady the ship, but will that relegation on Butcher’s CV with Hibernian put them off?
Brother of inventive and stylish former Swansea City coach Michael, Brian could soon follow his sibling into managerial madness, and is 16/1 to take that first step with Rangers.
A modern Ibrox icon, the Denmark international enjoyed four seasons in Glasgow, where he dazzled with his wing-play. As a fan favourite, lauded Laudrup’s return to Scotland would certainly provide the club with a much-needed lift and sprinkle of star dust.
Currently in his second stint as Peterborough United boss, Ferguson junior is an anomaly in this list having never played for Rangers.
Son of legendary manager and Manchester United legend Sir Alex, Darren is an intriguing outside punt at 50/1 to take over the hotseat of his famous father’s former side.
Having previously guided Posh to successive promotions from League One and League Two, now may be the chance for Ferguson to take his chance at a bigger club.
Alternative contenders are former Leeds United manager and Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise, who could make a sensational return to management after a seven-season sabbatical, and former Scotland star Stuart McCall, who recently resigned from Motherwell.