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NI assistant Nicholl set for emotional Ibrox return

By Paul Burrows

Northern Ireland assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl is poised to be confirmed as Rangers' second-in-command on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old, who starred for the Gers during Graeme Souness' memorable reign at Ibrox and will retain his international post, will team up with boss Graeme Murty after finalising his move away from current employers Falkirk, who face Dunfermline in a Championship fixture tomorrow.

"Rangers have asked for permission to speak to Jimmy and we've given them permission," said Bairns manager Paul Hartley.

"He's just to sort out some fine details.

"If it happens, we wish him all the best. I've really enjoyed working with him for the last couple of months and I'd hoped it was going to be for longer. If the opportunity comes along, we're not going to stand in Jimmy's way.

"I wanted Jimmy to stay because I felt we'd struck up a special bond over the last couple of months, and he's been my manager twice, at Raith and Millwall.

"He's someone I have a lot of respect for, but when these opportunities come along, it's a fantastic move for him if it happens. But Jimmy will be in the dugout with me at Dunfermline."

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