McLeish knows who will succeed him at Ibrox

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The Rangers chairman, David Murray, says Alex McLeish knows who his successor will be as manager if he fails to turn round the team's fortunes. Murray made the revelation as he dismissed the claim of the Porto coach, Co Adriaanse, that he had been approached earlier this year.

"Let me tell you this: Alex knows who the next manager will be if he has to go," Murray said. "But I can assure you I've made no approach to Co Adriaanse".

Murray gave McLeish three games in which to save his job and the first has already been lost - the 3-0 league defeat by Celtic. "Alex has had a run of bad luck and I told him I'd have to put a backstop on it," he said.

McLeish insists Rangers can achieve a "favourable result" in their key Champions' League match against Porto tonight. Victory would put Rangers in with a great chance of qualifying through the groups stages of the tournament for the first time.

"Sounds easy doesn't it?" McLeish said. "Porto have to win but if we're organised and play with discipline then there's no reason why we can't get a result."

Porto (4-4-2, probable): Baia; Bosingwa, Pepe, Emanuel, Peixoto; Gonzalez, Assuncao, Ibson, Lopez; Almeida, Quaresma.

Rangers (4-4-2, probable): Waterreus; Ricksen, Andrews, Hemdani, Kyrgiakos; Ferguson, Murray, Namouchi, Lovenkrands; Thompson, Jeffers.

Referee: H Fandel (Germany).

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