SEVCO Rangers will go into overdrive as they search for a new manager – or, at least, an assistant – before they visit champions Celtic on March 12.

The Ibrox board will appoint an interim manager to ease the pressure on Under-20s coach Graeme Murty if the man they want on a permanent basis is not available immediately. Clearly Celtic will be big favourites to beat the Ibrox side for the fourth time this season as a quick glance at any online bookie software will tell you.

The troubled five year old club – a massive THIRTY points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ side and six behind Aberdeen – have drawn up a list of six candidates for the roles of first team boss and director of football.

Interviews will begin some time this week after a spread of candidates from the UK and Europe emerged for both positions.

The Sevco outfit are determined not to be rushed into making a knee-jerk appointment after their 2-1 flop against Dundee on Sunday, which came the day after Celtic comfortably defeated Motherwell 2-0 at Celtic Park. These results have resulted in Celtic moving an incredible 30 points ahead of the Ibrox outfit.

The loss emphasised their recent dismal run in the league with just one win in six.

If an outstanding candidate emerges in the coming days and is ready and willing to take up the post straight away, he will be appointed before the trip to Parkhead next month.

The hope is that he would steady the ship as the biggest fear is an even bigger thrashing than the one they suffered in their first ever visit to Parkhead in September. Joey Barton was their great hope that day as a Moussa Dembele hat-trick propelled Celtic to a 5-1 win. The other scorers for Celtic were Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong.

But if their man is not available until the end of the campaign, the latest Govan club will wait and put a senior figure alongside hand stand Murty for the remainder of the season.

Their next game is in Inverness against Caley Thistle on Friday night and the Highlanders are in desperate need of the 3 points as things are looking particularly concerning for them at the bottom end of the table. Check out the table at the SPFL website.


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