The former Russia international became a cult hero in Glasgow after three years under first Dick Advocaat, and then McLeish,before heading to Manchester City on-loan in 2001.
And in his new autobiography ‘Russian Winters’, Kanchelskis has lifted the lid on his trophy-laden career, and it doesn’t make for good reading for Big Eck.
Serialised in the Evening Times throughout this week, Kanchelskis writes:
“I found McLeish two-faced.
“When he spoke to me he was encouraging, saying he had confidence in me and that I could make a real contribution to the second half of the season, but I found out afterwards that he went to the chairman, David Murray, and said he wanted rid of me.
“My final match for Rangers was spectacular, a 1–1 draw at Celtic Park that saw three players sent off in the final minute in a massed fight.
“It seemed an appropriate way to say goodbye, with the passion that Valery Lobanovsky had talked about in that video in Kiev all those years ago spilling over into a punch-up.”
Alex McLeish stayed at Rangers until 2006 before being sacked and replaced by Paul Le Guen, where as Kanchelskis would go on to turn out for sides like Southampton and Al Hilal after leaving Glasgow.
But what do you make of his comments on McLeish, and his take on his time at Rangers?