Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock have sacked boss Angelo Alessio just over a week before the Rugby Park club are set to visit Ibrox.

Kilmarnock announced the news this afternoon as they part ways with Antonio Conte’s former Juventus and Chelsea assistant with Killie being in 5th place in the Premiership table.

According to Sky Sports News, the change comes after Alessio’s relationship with the Killie first-team squad had broken down following a string of bad results.

Italian boss Alessio’s time at Kilmarnock appeared doomed from the off after the professional Scottish outfit were knocked out by Welsh part-timers Connah’s Quay Nomads in the first round of Europa League Qualifying.

Up there with the most humiliating defeats in Scottish football history, Alessio’s side also conceded a last-minute winner to Rangers in the first Scottish Premiership match of the season.

A footballing culture clash at the Rugby Park club saw conflict between Alessio and defender Kirk Broadfoot, leading the defender to criticise the Italian’s “hard” training methods after being released.

Kilmarnock are now without a win in their last four league matches and Saturday’s last-minute capitulation in the 1-0 defeat to Ross County was the last straw.

The club’s league position and form are in stark contrast to that under Steve Clarke, who guided Killie to a 3rd place finish and Europa League football.

Angelo Alessi has been relieved of his duties at Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Kilmarnock are due to travel to face Rangers at Ibrox on Boxing Day and it is now likely they’ll be doing so without a manager.

Assistant Alex Dyer has been placed in temporary charge of the side.

In other news, Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been officially recognised as a record-breaker by European governing body UEFA [UEFA].

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