Former Rangers boss Stuart McCall looks set to miss out on the vacant Hearts managerial role, with the appointment of Daniel Stendel nearing.

McCall was interviewed for the post during the early stages of the Edinburgh club’s search for a successor to Craig Levein [Edinburgh Evening News], but it looks as though this won’t be his route back into Scottish football.

There was no replacement lined up before Levein was sacked. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hearts owner, Ann Budge has admitted that finalising Stendel’s appointment has been “torturous” and that she is working to “ensure that all of the various contractual sides are tied up” [Daily Record]

It seems as though it’s a matter of when rather than if, at this stage, though, with interim boss Austin MacPhee, who himself was a candidate for the post, admitting that the weekend clash at Motherwell is likely to be his last in charge [BBC Sport].

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Stendel led Barnsley to the Championship via a second-place finish in EFL League One last season, before resigning in October after a poor run of results.

Former Rangers boss McCall looks set to miss out on Hearts job. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It looks like disappointment for McCall, then, who played for the Gers between 1991 and 1998 and had a short stint in the Ibrox hot seat in 2015.

The 55-year-old’s most recent managerial role came at Scunthorpe United, a post from which he was sacked in March 2019 with the club languishing at the bottom of EFL League One.

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