Any lingering hopes Rangers had of winning the Scottish title this season was extinguished at the weekend as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox against Kilmarnock. Following the loss to Celtic the week previous Rangers are now just in a battle to remain second. The man who masterminded the win at Ibrox was Steve Clarke.
Clarke has been a revelation since taking over at Kilmarnock. He has turned Killie into one of the better teams in Scotland with some excellent player recruitment and tactical foresight.
After the game v Rangers many of the Ibrox faithful were left wondering one thing, is Clarke the man to take Rangers forward?
Graeme Murty is currently in charge in Glasgow. He has done a good job as caretaker since taking over from the woeful Pedro Caixinha era. But the last two games may have cost him his chance of taking over at Ibrox on a permanent basis.
Not many Rangers fans would be upset if Clarke was given the role. The work he has done at Kilmarnock has reminded fans just what a good coach he really is. During his career he has coached at big clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa. Expectation is something Clarke can deal with.
His time in charge at West Brom was mostly successful and not many fans were happy to see him go when given the sack.
Most importantly, Clarke knows how to win big games. In Scottish football, where the league winners tend to lose only a handful of fixtures, that is a massive trait to have.
Given the player’s he has managed to tempt to Rugby Park he would also be able to pull in some top talent to Ibrox if given the job.
Rangers face a big decision in the summer. Stick with Murty? Or twist with someone new? If Rangers decide to go with the latter then not many men are better suited for the Glasgow job than Clarke.