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Le Guen ruled out of Rangers job

Paul Le Guen
Paul Le Guen rejected a new contract with Lyon

Former Lyon coach Paul Le Guen is no longer in the running to be Alex McLeish's successor at Rangers, BBC Sport understands.

The current Rangers boss will be in the dugout for Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Porto.

While he could still survive at least until the start of December, there had been contact with Le Guen's agent.

But it is believed that Le Guen will be joining another club at the end of the season, with Real Madrid favourites.

Sources in France suggest that the Frenchman has been lined up as the successor to Wanderley Luxemburgo should the Brazilian leave the Spanish giants.

Rangers chairman David Murray had targeted Le Guen as his favoured choice.

Murray last week gave McLeish until the start of December to turn around a disappointing start to the season.

But that was followed by a 3-0 defeat by SPL leaders Celtic that left the reigning champions 15 points adrift in the Scottish Premier League.

McLeish could save Rangers' season - and his own job - with victory in Portugal as the Glasgow club attempt to qualify from the group stages of the Champions League.

But Murray has made it clear that he is making contingency plans and Le Guen emerged as his favoured option ahead of the much-touted Charlton Athletic manager, Alan Curbishley.

I cannot say that he will not be the next manager of Rangers
Agent Frederic Guerra

Le Guen admitted on French television that he knew Rangers were looking for a coach but would not be drawn further on the matter.

Agent Frederic Guerra said: "I cannot say anything. Like doctors, we have professional confidentiality.

"I cannot say that he will not be the next manager of Rangers, but neither can I say that he will be the next manager of Rangers.

"The situation at the moment is Paul now works for television, but who knows what is around the corner?

"He wants to return to coaching, but I cannot say when at this moment in time.

"It is also possible he could return to coaching in Scotland, but there are many possibilities.

"He could go to Rangers, Locomotiv Moscow or elsewhere. I just don't know."

The 44-year-old Le Guen, who guided Lyon to three straight titles, has rejected several offers from clubs around Europe, saying he intends remaining a French television football pundit until the end of the season.

He had quit as Lyon coach in Lyon in May, despite having been offered a three-year contract extension.

Le Guen previously coached Stade Rennes between 1998 and 2001, joining Lyon after the club had claimed the first title in their history in 2002.

Clydesdale Bank Premier League Table
30 January 2010 17:38
    P GD PTS
1 Rangers 23 40 54
2 Celtic 22 21 44

3 Hibernian 22 16 42
4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39

5 Motherwell 22 0 30
6 Hearts 23 -5 28
7 Aberdeen 21 -5 27
8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
10 Hamilton 21 -18 17
11 Kilmarnock 22 -15 16

12 Falkirk 21 -19 14

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