McLeish emerges as favourite as new Rangers boss, while Pars and Accies do battle to go to Ibrox for cup tie

Out of the two options, in order of sequence, all those with a love of Glasgow Rangers would probably prefer to discover with whom the club will next entrust the stewardship of their club rather than their opponents in the next round of the cup.

But it is the latter that will be revealed first, despite a veritable whirl of chit-chat, gossip and speculation as to who will pick up where Mark Warburtom left off. As the social media nears meltdown, and as lounge bars are filled with the exasperated mutterings of Gers fans desperate to know the finer details of Warburton’s acrimonious departure, Hamilton Academical and Dunfermline Athletic will get on with the business of settling their William Hill Scottish Cup tie to see who goes to Ibrox in the quarter-final.

The teams drew 1-1 on Saturday at East End Park and then came out of the hat with a trip to Glasgow for their troubles. They will do battle at New Douglas Park tomorrow night (February 14) in the replay.

Despite managerial turmoil, Rangers got on with the business on the pitch with a 2-1 win over Greenock Morton and did so with plaudits, amidst the backdrop of Warburton leaving the club along with assistant manager David Weir and recruitment chief Frank McParland.

Caretaker Graeme Murty did his chances of landing the role no harm as he helped Rangers progress but it is unlikely that the powers that be hand the reigns to someone such as he; so relatively inexperienced, and when there is a long list of potential candidates, a list that grows ever longer by the day.

One manager who will probably be heading the list, or at least near the very top, has to be Alex McLeish, and he has admitted that he would find it hard to snub Rangers if he were asked to become boss for a second spell.

McLeish, of course, was manager from 2001 until 2006. When quizzed on whether or not he was available, willing and ready to take on the job, he said the lure would be difficult to avoid.

He said: “When you get asked to come to a club like Rangers then its for sure a decision to turn that down. You never know.”

That said, a few punters believe they do know and that has made McLeish, who was axed by Egyptian Premier League club Zamalek in last May, to be installed as the favourite candidate with the bookies.

Whoever the new manager turns out to be, he will almost certainly be in place when the Gers host either the Accies or the Pars come March 4.