Date: 7th December 2005 at 1:48pm
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The Newcastle manager goes into the game on Saturday knowing only a defeat will not have Freddy Shepherd swinging the axe … unless it gets embarrassing. And the Champions League has saved Rangers manager Alex McLeish from a similar fate.

But rumours still suggest there will be a switch at Ibrox sooner rather than later, and Souey is in the running.

Souness: ‘Yes I have fondness for Rangers, but I have no interest in returning to the club. There is absolutely no truth in these reports.’

McLeish’s future at Rangers remains uncertain despite their 1-1 draw with Inter Milan which secured his side a second-place finish in their Champions League group, but reports north of the border insist the former Lyon coach Paul Le Guen has been lined up to replace him.