Rangers battle past Morton as McLeish expresses interest in job

Graeme Murty will have barely caught his breath and enjoyed the feeling of winning his first match in temporary charge before reading the news that former manager Alex McLeish is being heavily backed to return, following an interview where he admitted he was open to talks.

That said, seven minutes into his temporary role and Murty will have been wondering whether it was going to be worth it as Michael Tidser put the visitors, Morton of the Championship, ahead. The confusion off the pitch had clearly carried out on to the park in the early exchanges of the Scottish Cup Fifth Round tie.

Jim Duffy and his men may well have fancied their chances, albeit briefly until Kenny Miller drew the Gers level after quarter of an hour. Even with the scores level there was a feeling of nerves across the Rangers side, none more so than at the heart of the defence where Hill and Senderos looked on edge throughout.

The sides went in at the break level and it was Morton who could well have taken the lead early in the second half, Halliday missing after a poor Senderos header put him clear.

However, it was Martyn Waghorn who saved the day and scored the goal that gave Murty a win and a passage through to a Quarter Final tie against either Hamilton or Dunfermline.

Whilst McLeish may well be many people’s favourite to return to the job, the bookmakers are refusing to rule out Derek McInnes. Frank de Boer, has gone on record to play down links to the job.

The man who kick started all the drama, Mark Warburton himself, may well still end up as Forest’s manager after all following their 4-1 defeat at the weekend. It is thought that Frank McParland is to be appointed Director of Football at the club, smoothing the way for Warburton to take over, despite Forest saying that Brazil and Lester would remain in charge, an announcement that brought things to a head for Warburton on Friday night, his agent having backed the manager into a corner.

McParland could well be replaced at Rangers by Huddersfield’s head of recruitment, Stewart Webber.

Either way, there was a feeling of relief around Ibrox as a stressful weekend ended with progression towards another Cup Final.

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