Domenech tips Le Guen for Gers
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Specualtion is mounting that Paul Le Guen could replace Alex McLeish at Rangers.France boss Raymond Domenech has tipped Paul Le Guen to replace Alex McLeish at Rangers, as speculation mounts that the former Lyon chief will be handed the Ibrox hot-seat in the summer.
Reports in the Scottish press indicate that Le Guen has a verbal agreement with Gers chairman David Murray to rebuild the Scottish giants after a disastrous domestic campaign under McLeish.
The former Hibernian boss was pushed into revealing he will be departing at the end of the current campaign, and Le Guen has emerged as the candidate of choice after garnering a formidable reputation during his time in France.
Under his guidance Lyon won Le Championnat three times in a row, and Domenech feels the time could be right for his compatriot to end his break from management and take charge of The Gers.
"I think Le Guen is suited to Glasgow Rangers because they are a big club and he is a big manager," said Domenech.
"There is no doubt he is one of the best coaches in Europe and has the spirit to cope with a job like that.
"I know he refused a lot of big clubs throughout Europe because the timing was not right for him.
"The offers came too soon for him but now it is possible that he has decided to go to Scotland."
Rangers are expected to announce substantial cash investment following the UEFA Champions League tie with Villarreal, and former star Gregory Vignal says the Glasgow side will have to stump up the cash if they are to entice Le Guen to Ibrox.
The Portsmouth defender played under the French boss at Rennes, and believes that European qualification could be vital if Le Guen is to snub a host of interest from all over the continent.
"Paul is one of the best managers in the world and I think he will come to Rangers if they are in the Champions League because he sets his targets very high," said Vignal.
"He is on a big holiday just now after doing so well at Lyon and can afford to take his time to look around Europe and make his decision.
"I think if Rangers want him they will need to give him money to build the squad because if you want to improve in Europe you must put money on the table.
"If Rangers can get Paul it will be massive for the club."