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Charnley: Quitting Ibrox will have left my old pal Kenny heartbroken.

CHIC CHARNLEY insists quitting Rangers will have left his old pal Kenny McDowall heartbroken.

Former Partick Thistle star Charnley has remained friends with the outgoing Ibrox caretaker boss, right, since their playing days at Firhill and St Mirren.

And Charnley knows just how much it will have hurt McDowall to call time on his stint at Ibrox.

He said: "Everyone knows how much Celtic mean to me and it was the same with Kenny and Rangers.

"I've always known he was a massive Rangers fan and for him to follow Ally McCoist and walk away will leave him gutted. My mate will be heartbroken. In normal circumstances, it would have been the job of his dreams.

"But obviously there is no such thing as normality at Ibrox at the moment.

"I really feel for Kenny. He would have been upset when Ally was put on gardening leave.

"But he still stepped up to be counted to take charge of the first team in the most trying of circumstances.

"Kenny didn't stand a chance in that environment.

"Who could work in those circumstances? Nobody seems to have a clue what is happening from one day to another.

"It's an absolute shambles but I know Kenny would still have done everything in his power to keep the team on track."

Charnley is confident McDowall will soon get another role in football.

He said: "Kenny has got too much to offer to be overlooked once the picture at Rangers becomes clearer - whenever that might be.

"He is a superb, hard-working coach and, at 51, still has a great future ahead of him.

"He still has an awful lot to prove but will be gutted it is not at Rangers. It's their loss."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 21, 2015
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