Rangers: Kenny McDowall would like Ally McCoist return at Ibrox

Ally McCoist, Ian Durrant and Kenny McDowall
Ally McCoist, Ian Durrant and Kenny McDowall were the previous management team

Caretaker-manager Kenny McDowall would like to team up again with Ally McCoist and Ian Durrant, but does not know what Rangers' new board is planning.

Manager McCoist was put on gardening leave and coach Durrant relegated to the youth set-up by the old regime.

"I was working with Ally, so obviously that would appeal to me," said McDowall about a possible return for McCoist.

"But it's a difficult one to answer because the board will obviously have their own ideas."

Interim chairman Paul Murray said on Saturday a number of candidates had put themselves forward for the manager's post and the board would take time to decide.

But he also indicated he would be speaking to McCoist and McDowall to ask "what they want to do" as they remain employees.

McDowall, who is working his 12-month notice period having decided to quit under the previous regime, had a brief introductory meeting with Murray, fellow director John Gilligan and major shareholder Dave King.

Asked if a more detailed meeting was planned, he said: "I've got three games in a week, so it is pretty full on with the players at the moment. Nothing is scheduled.

"Everyone knows what my situation is. They are quite entitled to speak to whoever they want to speak to regarding the manager's position.

Gordon Durie and Kenny McDowall take training at Murray Park
Gordon Durie is helping Kenny McDowall with the first team at Ibrox

"I'll just wait and see and carry on my duties."

McDowall is being assisted by former Rangers striker Gordon Durie, who was promoted by the previous board, and goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart.

"Gordon Durie has come in and been fantastic," said McDowall. "Gordon didn't expect to be put in the position he was put into either.

"Ian Durrant got put down to the youth department, which was not the best thing to happen to Ian.

"I would look to get Ian back up working beside myself and Gordon."

Rangers have slipped to third in the Scottish Championship since McCoist resigned in December, and McDowall hopes the new board will help revive fortunes on the field of play.

"I am very hopeful and we are looking forward to the supporters coming back to get behind the team," he said ahead of Tuesday's visit by promotion rivals Queen of the South.

"The support have had to put up with a lot, as has everyone connected with the club, in the past four years.

"It is a fantastic change for everybody and it give everyone the hope they've been looking for.

"We're pleased that the club can start healing and go forward."

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