Billy Davies wants a return to management, years after claiming a dream move to become Rangers boss had been blocked.

Rangers had much to think about after sacking Pedro Caixinha in 2017.

The move to bring in Caixinha just never really worked and he lasted less than a year in the Ibrox dugout.

Derek McInnes was the top target but he ended up staying with Aberdeen, leaving Graeme Murty in caretaker charge.

Steven Gerrard went on to land the job and guide Rangers to a Scottish Premiership title, but it all could have been very different had Billy Davies landed the job…

Billy Davies claimed Rangers move was kiboshed

If you go back to 2017, Scottish boss Davies – a former Rangers midfielder – had already been out of football for three years.

Davies left Nottingham Forest for the second time in 2014 and seemingly fancied getting back into management with Rangers.

Sky Sports reported after Caixinha’s exit that Davies was interested in the Rangers job – but the Gers didn’t feel the same way.

Davies had admitted more than four years earlier that his dream would be to manage Rangers at any stage in his career.

Davies was even in contention for the Rangers job in 2014 but incredibly told The Times that a smear campaign meant the Gers avoided him.

The former Derby County boss claimed that a Rangers board member told him that ‘nasty things’ written on Gers forums meant the club avoided appointing him.

Now 59, Davies may still cling onto his Rangers dream and he’s now eyeing a shock return to management…

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Davies now wants managerial return

The Sun now report that Davies wants a return to management after nearly 10 years out of the game.

Davies is currently eyeing a move to England having previously taken Preston North End, Derby County and Nottingham Forest to the Championship play-offs.

Davies was a proven Championship boss and may well attract some English interest, whilst Scottish clubs may be keen too.

Yet even with Michael Beale under pressure, we can’t really see Rangers looking at Davies after so long out of the game.

Davies may dream of managing Rangers but we think the window of opportunity for him has passed.