Rangers have announced the appointment of Jimmy Nicholl as assistant manager to manager Graeme Murty after he left Championship side Falkirk. The 61-year-old joins his former side to give Murty some much needed experience in the dugout as Rangers try to close the 11 point gap on league leaders Celtic.

Nicholl, who spent four years at Ibrox across two spells, was delighted to return to Ibrox.

Speaking to Rangers TV, Nicholl said: "I know so many of the staff and the guys in the Academy - that's great as it means I'm not walking into a strange environment.

"I got the opportunity all those years ago with John Greig and Jock Wallace, and then I thought that was going to be it, I'd had my wee spell and fulfilled one of my ambitions. Then, three years later I was back with Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. Then, again I thought that was it after that.

"For the last three years I've been doing the Northern Ireland stuff with Michael O'Neill and checking up on players, and I enjoyed that break from full-time football. There comes a time when it gets to you though and you realise you miss the day-to-day stuff.

"But Paul Hartley gave me an opportunity to get back into it at Falkirk, and I'm disappointed to be leaving them in the same position [second bottom of the Championship] as we arrived."

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley, speaking to the official Bairns site, commented: “I would personally like to thank Jimmy for all of his work over the past couple of months. I had hoped that we would be working together for longer, but these things happen in football.

“Myself, the players and everyone at the club wish him the very best as he takes up this new opportunity.”

The former Northern Ireland international had two spells with Rangers [1983-84 & 1986-89] where he won two league titles and three league cups.

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