Neil Lennon has shockingly admitted that he would not have turned down the chance to manage Rangers if he had been in Derek McInnes’ shoes.
The number one candidate for the job at Ibrox elected to stay at Pittodrie this week after having talks with Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne.
Now, Hibernian manager – and former Celtic midfielder – Lennon has surprisingly claimed that he has been left puzzled at the decision McInnes made, claiming that the “power” of the Rangers job is too big to turn down,
“I’m very surprised Derek has turned it down. There must be real mitigating circumstances for him to do that,” he said on BT Sport’s coverage of Aberdeen against Dundee on Friday night, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
He added: “You look at what the board did for Caixinha in the summer – they gave him ten or eleven million to spend. There is no one else who has that power apart from Celtic.
“I think they backed Caixinha. OK it’s not worked out for him. But someone coming in there now, Rangers sitting in second place, I think it’s a good time to go in there and be the manager.”
Graeme Murty is set to continue in his role as interim manager at Ibrox until the end of the year at least, as the search for the new manager continues.
The Gers are currently in a three team battle for second place in the Scottish Premiership alongside Lennon’s Hibs and Aberdeen, with Rangers and Hibs set to play each other at Easter Road in the week ahead.
Murty continues his role as interim manager in the Gers’ next league match, at home to Ross County, where they will be looking to win three Scottish Premiership games in a row for the first time in a year.
The interim manager has tough matches to contend with in the future, with a trip to Neil Lennon’s Hibs followed by a visit to Celtic Park on the 30th of December. Murty can take heart though from the 1-1 draw he achieved against the Hoops whilst in his spell as interim manager following the sacking of Mark Warburton last season.
Lennon is a very unpopular figure at Rangers due to his association with Celtic so it is no doubt a major surprise to see him praising the club.
In other Rangers news, Bruno Alves has admitted he may leave Rangers in the summer