Ally McCoist will succeed Rangers manager Walter Smith when he steps down at the end of the season, the club have confirmed.
McCoist has been assistant manager at Ibrox since returning with Smith in 2007 and has long been regarded as the likeliest successor to the present coach.
The 48-year-old former Scotland striker has agreed a one-year rolling contract with the club and will have Kenny McDowall as his No.2.
“We are delighted to confirm Ally as our next manager when Walter Smith steps down at the end of the season,” chief executive Martin Bain told the club’s official website.
“First and foremost Ally is a passionate Rangers supporter who has been a loyal servant to the club both as a player and more recently assistant manager.
“He has contributed greatly to our success over the past four years and that is why we feel he is the right man to replace Walter.”
“When Ally joined Walter as his assistant in 2007 he was always being groomed as the next manager.
“He is the unanimous choice of the Rangers board to take the club forward next season and when I offered him the position in December – during our Champions League trip to Bursaspor – he agreed immediately.”