Craig Levein admits Rangers’ current manager search has prompted flashbacks to the summer of 2021 when Celtic pursued Eddie Howe to be their new manager.

The Light Blues are on the verge of announcing Michael Beale’s successor, with Philippe Clement and Kevin Muscat the final two men standing after an intensive recruitment drive. The Belgian and the Aussie will find out over the next few days if they have been successful after almost two weeks since Beale’s sacking.

Former Hearts boss Levein thinks the process is dragging on, much like when the Hoops tried to tie down current Newcastle United manager Howe on a deal to become head coach after Neil Lennon’s departure two-and-a-half years ago. In the end, Howe caught cold feet and decided it wasn’t for him at the eleventh hour, but it wasn’t to matter as Ange Postecoglou was appointed instead and ask any Celtic fan what happened after that.

He said: “It reminded me a little bit of Eddie Howe to Celtic, where it dragged on and on. It comes a point where you know there is a problem. I am just wondering that this has dragged on a little bit of time now as well.

“A lengthy contract is desirable for most managers but all that really matters is the termination clause. Generally, I tended to work on a year either side. If I got the sack, I got a year’s money.

“Going into either of the Old Firm takes a little bit of steel in your character because they are expected to win every single week. The pressure builds and if they don’t win, the pressure builds and builds.

“If you can’t take that pressure as a player you are not going to perform. I don’t know if Rangers have kinda got away a little bit from taking the best players from other Scottish teams as that used to be quite a common route.”


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