BBC pundit: Rangers must splash the cash and bring in this 46-year-old to replace Caixinha

By Danny Wright

BBC Sport pundit Tam McManus believes that Rangers must splash the cash and convince Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to return to Ibrox after Pedro Caixinha was sacked on Thursday.

Caixinha was shown the Ibrox exit door after a meeting with Dave King and the Rangers board in the morning after Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock.

Graeme Murty will take temporary charge while the Gers search for Caixinha’s successor, but McManus believes that they shouldn’t have to look any further than their Premiership rivals Aberdeen.

McInnes has done a brilliant job at Aberdeen since taking charge in 2013, leading the Dons to be the nearest competitor to Celtic in the last three seasons.

Last term, the 46-year-old also led the Pittodrie club to the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup finals.

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McManus believes that McInnes will struggle to take Aberdeen any further than he has already and believes a move to Ibrox is the next step in his career.

“Surely Rangers pay the money and get in Derek McInnes. Like they should have done before Pedro. Said it before can’t do anymore at Aberdeen,” BBC pundit McManus said on his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.

After spending time with Rangers, West Brom and Dundee United in his playing days, McInnes began his management career with St Johnstone in 2007, where he last four years.

The ex-Scotland moved south of the border in 2011 where he had a rather poor time with Bristol City and was sacked after just over a year.

He returned to Scotland in 2013 with the Dons and has never looked back leading them to a third place finish in his first season in charge, following by three runners-up spots to Celtic.

In other Rangers news, John Hartson has taken a swipe at the Gers after Caixinha was axed.

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