'A mess' – Sky Sports pundit slams Rangers over McInnes as manager hunt takes new turn
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has criticised Rangers for the amount of time it has taken them to appoint a new manager.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the favourite to succeed Pedro Caixinha who was sacked in October after only seven months in chargey.
The Rangers hunt for their new manager took a new turn on Thursday as McInnes was absent from their press conference ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee on Friday night.
Stand-in Paul Sheerin announced that the fate of McInnes would be decided today.
???? Paul Sheerin – There will be a resolution on the manager sometime today and we’re preparing for the game tomorrow night.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) December 7, 2017
Nicholas believes McInnes will leave Aberdeen for Ibrox but has criticised Rangers for the way they have handled the situation. He feels the ongoing uncertain surrounding McInnes’ future has left him “isolated”.
“It’s been a bit of a mess for both clubs,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
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“Rangers have waited so long to finally move into a position where they are going to pay compensation for him and his No 2. That’s fine but why does it take so long?
“If you are headhunted and Rangers want you, Rangers should have made a move. Have they been building up funds where they can suddenly make the payments? It’s left him isolated.”
Nicholas went on to say that it was only a matter of time before McInnes left Aberdeen and that he will be able to make Rangers a better side.
However, he also said that they will be unable to rival Celtic as Scotland’s top team, unless he is given significant funds to improve his squad.
Rangers caretaker boss Graeme Murty has won four of his six matches in temporary charge, including back-to-back victories over Aberdeen, which has seem them replace the Dons in second place in the Scottish Premiership table.
Gers face 11th-placed Ross County on Saturday afternoon, while Aberdeen face Dundee tomorrow night.
In other Rangers news, Gers fans have reacted to the news that McInnes’ future is set to be decided today.