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Rhys McCabe becomes SPFL's youngest boss after accepting Airdrie job

The former Rangers midfielder will combine his managerial duties with a playing role at the Excelsior Stadium.

Former Rangers player named youngest manager in SPFL after accepting Airdrie job SNS Group
McCabe scored seven times for The Diamonds last season.

Former Rangers midfielder Rhys McCabe has become the youngest manager in the SPFL after being named successor to Ian Murray at Airdrie.

The 29-year-old will combine his managerial duties at the Diamonds with a playing role following Murray’s departure to Raith Rovers.

The midfielder, who also represented Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday, will be assisted by fellow player Callum Fordyce at the League One outfit.

He played 40 times last season, scoring seven goals as The Diamonds narrowly missed out on a place in the Championship promotion play-off with an extra-time defeat to eventual winners Queen’s Park.

He told the club’s website: “It’s good to get signed up and get things over the line as quick as we have, so I’m excited, raring to go and looking forward to getting onto the pitch.

“I’ve always made it clear that towards the latter stages of my career it was an avenue I’d like to go down.

“Obviously the opportunity has come up to dive straight in, so it’s one that I’m excited about.”