Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has returned to coaching, becoming interim assistant manager to ex-Man United star Paul Ince at Reading.

Rae played for the Gers between 2004 and 2006, winning a league title and a League Cup during his time at the club.

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After his stint at Ibrox, he began his coaching career with a two-year stint as player-manager of Dundee.

Rae also managed St Mirren between December 2015 and September 2016 and was assistant to Alex McLeish at Genk in 2014, but most of his coaching roles have been as a first-team coach under or as an assistant to Ince, who he played with at Wolves.

The 52-year-old has had roles at MK Dons, Notts County and Blackpool and now, after several years of media work, he has linked up with Ince again at Reading.

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The Berkshire club sacked previous manager Veljko Paunovic at the weekend despite winning 3-2 at Preston North End, as they are currently 21st in the EFL Championship, just outside the relegation spots.

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A few days after Ince was appointed interim manager, Reading confirmed the arrival of Rae as interim assistant manager on Tuesday afternoon.

The news came just a few hours prior to the Royals’ home league fixture against Birmingham City.

Rae accepting the post is likely to lead to a scramble at BT Sport, given that he would almost certainly have been on co-commentary duty at Ibrox on Thursday night for the second leg of Rangers’ Europa League knockout playoff second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Ahead of that fixture, Dortmund have been dealt a significant double injury blow.

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