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1st Nov, 2017 | 4:13pm

'Worth a shout' - Nicholson claims Rangers should have 46-year-old near top of shortlist

By James Black

Former Rangers and Aberdeen midfielder Barry Nicholson believes Derek McInnes has to be “near the top of the list” of managers the Rangers board look at to replace Pedro Caixinha.

The Gers sacked Caixinha on Thursday – only seven months in to a three-year contract – and 46-year-old McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to take over at Ibrox.

Nicholson is now first-team coach at Fleetwood Town and has first-hand experience of how hard McInnes is willing to work to prove himself.

Nicholson played alongside McInnes at Ibrox under Walter Smith and Dick Advocaat and believes the Aberdeen manager’s personality and work-rate mean he should be appointed the Gers’ seventeenth manager in 145-years.

“In their search for a new manager Derek simply has to be near the top of the list,” Nicholson said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.

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“There will be hundreds of names getting thrown at the board right now but he must be worth a shout.”

McInnes has led Aberdeen to three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership as well as guiding the Dons to their first silverware in 20 years when they lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015 after a penalty shoot out win against Inverness CT at Celtic Park.

Rangers are expected to make a move for the Aberdeen boss but it’s seems unlikely that it will come before this weekend’s clash with Partick Thistle.

Graeme Murty has been put in temporary charge for the second time this year and will likely remain in the dugout for Saturday’s game.

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