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Kevin Muscat for Rangers? Victory hose down Scottish media speculation linking the two

Melbourne Victory bosses are looking to play down speculation linking the club’s A-League-winning coach Kevin Muscat with a stunning move to Glasgow to take charge at troubled Scottish giants Rangers.

The Scottish Sun – a north of the border edition of the huge selling London tabloid –  touted Muscat as a shock contender to take over at Ibrox following the sacking of previous manager Mark Warburton last week.

But a Victory spokesman on Friday said there had been no approaches to the club about Muscat, who has been in charge of the AAMI Park-based club since early in the 2013-14 A-League season after he succeeded current Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou.

“We have been aware of this story through the day but have not received any inquiries about it or about Kevin Muscat, ” the spokesman said.

Muscat is due on Saturday morning to front a routine pre-match press conference before his side flies to NSW for its Sunday afternoon clash with Central Coast Mariners, and he is sure to be quizzed about the rumour and its veracity.

The former Socceroo defender does have ties with the now trouble-torn Rangers, having played for the club (alongside Socceroo team-mates Tony Vidmar and Craig Moore) for a season shortly before he returned to to become Victory’s first captain ahead of the 2005-06 A-League season.

The newspaper rates Muscat as an outsider, and the reality is that Rangers will most likely opt for a proven candidate or someone with more recent experience of the Scottish game.

But whether or not the report is a wild rumour, it is a sign of the progress being made by the A-League that the Victory boss, in common with most successful n managers, is now starting to attract attention outside of these shores.

It is believed that agents have sounded out Muscat’s advisors about potential opportunities in the past and at some stage he would like to go overseas to further his career.

Current Socceroos boss Postecoglou coached in Greece early in his career, while Sydney chief Graham Arnold was earlier in the season linked with a move to The Netherlands and more recently West Sydney coach Tony Popovic was touted as a potential target for Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

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