Ex-Rangers star turned manager on course for promotion to Premiership

Ex-Rangers star turned manager on course for promotion to Premiership

Former Rangers striker Billy Dodds is on course for promotion to the Premiership as manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Dodds, who described his time at Rangers between 1999 and 2003 as ‘the pinnacle‘ of his career, retired from playing in 2006 after a brief stint at Partick Thistle.

Billy Dodds in action for Rangers against Hearts in 2000. (Mandatory Credit: Stuart Franklin /Allsport)

Since then, he’s worked as a coach at multiple Scottish clubs before making the leap to the top job at Inverness in June after serving as assistant to previous interim boss and fellow former Ibrox star Neil McCann.

So far, things are going extremely well for the 52-year-old.

Caley Thistle made an excellent start to the season, winning their first five Championship fixtures and conceding only one goal along the way.

Such form was never likely to be sustainable in such a competitive league, but after struggling through October and November, Dodds’ side look to be back on track, even if they did exit the Scottish Cup on penalties at Morton on Tuesday night.

Caley Thistle’s 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Kilmarnock at the weekend ensured that they moved back to the top of the table, one point ahead of second-placed Raith Rovers.

After coaching roles at several Scottish clubs, including Ross County (pictured), former Rangers striker Dodds is now on course to gain promotion to the Premiership as Caley Thistle manager. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Only three points separate first and fifth so there’s sure to be plenty of position swapping between now and the end of the season, but Dodds will surely be immensely pleased with how things have gone so far and confident that promotion is on the cards.

This is Inverness’ fifth consecutive season in the second tier after they were relegated from the Premiership at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Meanwhile, another former Rangers star is finding life as a manager more difficult and is under pressure after a run of bad results.

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