Former Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has been installed as the new favourite to become the next manager of Scottish Premiership club Rangers according to the latest odds from English Football League sponsors Sky Bet.

The 58-year-old Glasgow born boss has been in charge at Ibrox before when he spent four-and-a-half years with the club in which he won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups.

It has been reported that McLeish is the odds-on favourite for The Gers’ vacancy with the club having made no progress in attracting Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes to Ibrox.

McLeish was manager of Birmingham City for over three-and-a-half years, winning 62 of his 168 matches in charge of the Blues. The Scot won promotion to the top flight of English football in 2008/2009 while he steered the club to their highest league position in over 50 years in 2009/2010 and won the League Cup at Wembley the following season. The Blues were relegated at the end of that campaign and McLeish opted to leave St Andrews.

As well as his time with Birmingham City, McLeish has also managed in England with the Blues’ city rivals Aston Villa before a spell with Nottingham Forest. He won just 10 of his combined 49 matches in charge of those two clubs.

McLeish has been out of management for over 18 months since being sacked by Egyptian club Zamalek.

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