Former Rangers midfielder appointed Airdrie manager at age 29
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Former Rangers midfielder Rhys McCabe appointed Airdrie manager at age 29

Former Rangers midfielder Rhys McCabe has been named as the surprise choice to replace Ian Murray as Airdrie boss – taking the reins at the Diamonds at age 29.

The League One side moved quickly to replace Murray after he left to join Raith Rovers earlier this week, with McCabe becoming player-manger.

“It’s good to get signed up and get things over the line as quick as we have, so I’m excited, raring to go and looking forward to getting onto the pitch,” McCabe said [Airdrie]

“I’ve always made it clear that towards the latter stages of my career it was an avenue I’d like to go down. Obviously the opportunity has come up to dive straight in, so it’s one that I’m excited about!”

The midfielder joined Airdrie from Queen of the South last summer and has quickly become an important figure at the club as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship.

Airdrie captain Callum Fordyce, McCabe’s cousin, will assist the Rangers Academy graduate as he looks to secure a return to the second tier for the Diamonds.

McCabe becomes the youngest manager in the SPFL, eight years younger than the next youngest – Forfar Athletic boss Gary Irvine having turned 37 in March.

Replacing Ian Murray will be a tough task for any manager regardless of age but Rhys McCabe has great opportunity

Replacing Ian Murray will be a tough task for any manager with League One set to be hugely competitive this season.

With Falkirk, Dunfermline and Kelty among the clubs likely to be challenging for the title, the Diamond will be hoping to at least make the playoffs.

Taking his first manager’s job at 29 is a huge leap for McCabe but he’s clearly confident he can succeed and his experience with the likes of Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and others can really help him.

Meanwhile, Rangers are being linked with a move for a 26-goal striker currently plying his trade south of the border.

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