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David Martindale explains why Rangers don’t want him as Livingston boss opens up on interest down south

DAVID MARTINDALE has explained why he’s not in the running for the Rangers job.

The Livingston boss has been tipped to replace Gio van Bronckhorst at Ibrox in recent weeks, but he insists it WON’T be him.

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Martindale has explained why he’s not in the running for the Ibrox jobCredit: Willie Vass

QPR manager Michael Beale is the No1 favourite for the job and Martindale has praised the former Light Blues coach in the past.

And the 48-year-old reckons there’s no chance a club like Rangers would be interested in him due to his criminal past.

Martindale‘s was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of charges of drug trafficking and money-laundering in 2006.

He served three years before his release in 2010.

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The Livi gaffer hasn’t shied away from talking about his time behind bars and has been hailed by many for turning his life around after taking the managerial role in West Lothian following Gary Holt’s departure in late 2020.

But despite making huge changes to jis life in the last decade or so, Martindale reckons his time in prison will prevent him from ever taking over a club like Rangers.

Addressing the Ibrox links, he told Open Goal: “It’ll not be me, I can guarantee you that one. I don’t think Rangers Football Club are going to come for me.”

Asked whether he thought his past life would play a part in the club’s decision, he replied: “Yes.”

He continued: “Everybody thinks David Martindale, what a great story, but do they want an ex-convict (at their club)?

“Rangers and Celtic are global institutions. Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts are big clubs in Scottish football, but Celtic and Rangers are global.

“I’m happy with that. I’ve made my bed and I’ll lie in it and I can understand (Why they wouldn’t want me).”

Martindale opened up on interest from other clubs too as he confirmed there was interest from Fleetwood before they appointed Celtic legend Scott Brown.

He added: “I spoke to Fleetwood but it wasn’t quite right for both parties. I’ve had a bit of interest in Scotland and down south.

“But for me, in football, things need to be right behind the scenes to get it right on the park.

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“You start looking at certain clubs and the structures and ownership in Britain, and there’s not a lot of clubs that you can look at and say ‘they’ll give me two windows to get it right’.

“You need windows to get that right, but do you get that now? No.”


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