If 46-year-old is the answer to Rangers manager problems then what has been the hold up?
Rangers are expected to make a move for Derek McInnes this week, according to reports, but it only leaves supporters wondering what has taken the Ibrox board so long to figure it out.
The Light Blues sacked Pedro Caixina almost six weeks ago with Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty taking interim charge but if McInnes is the man to take the Ibrox hotseat on a full-time basis, why did the Rangers board release a statement almost a month ago about waiting for “further applications”?
McInnes has been the bookies’ favourite to take over since Caixinha was sacked and it’s no real surprise the Aberdeen boss now looks almost certain to be the next permanent Rangers manager.
So what has taken the Ibrox board so long?
If the 46-year-old is appointed this week, the board were looking at possibly appointing a manager who had defeated the Gers in back-to-back games to leave them twelve points off second-place in the Scottish Premiership.
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That’s a huge gamble to have taken and would have been the worst possible set of conditions for McInnes to start work under.
Have they been waiting – hoping – that a CV would ping into their email inbox with a candidate Rangers just couldn’t pass up?
Thinking about the names out of work currently, there’s none that immediately spring to mind who tick that box.
Perhaps they were waiting for some young up-and-coming manager who has been tipped for the top to throw their name into the hat.
Again though, there aren’t too many names who would fill that criteria – at least not ones who weren’t asked publicly about their interest in the role already.
So that leaves only one other conclusion – other than sheer incompetence from those involved – which is that they were waiting for anyone ‘better’ than Derek McInnes.
McInnes was passed over for the job when Caixinha was appointed in March and the dragging of feet by the Ibrox board in going after the Aberdeen boss this time doesn’t bode well for his future.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has made a very bold claim about this Tuesday decision from the Gers.