Celtic have suddenly become a key part in Rangers’ effort to appoint Derek McInnes as their next manager, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Aberdeen manager McInnes, 46, will have to be guaranteed of “adequate time” and the resources to be able to challenge Celtic at the top of the Premiership table if he is to be lured to Ibrox.
It is understood that McInnes has a great relationship with Aberdeen and may find it hard to be tempted away from Pittodrie after a series of good seasons with the club, developing them from bottom-half strugglers into the Hoops’ closest domestic rivals.
The report adds that the Dons are now demanding Rangers pay them the £800,000 compensation fee before going into talks with McInnes about hiring him as Pedro Caixinha successor, six weeks after the Portuguese manager was sacked.
The Daily Mail adds that the fee will be increased to £1million should assistant manager Tony Docherty also move to Ibrox and that Aberdeen will return the cash if talks break down.
Football Insider Verdict
It seems that McInnes would only want to move back to Ibrox as manager if he is able to take his old club closer to Celtic. Brendan Rodgers’ side have been completely dominant in recent years and Rangers are perhaps the only team who can get anywhere near them. Aberdeen have hit a ceiling in their stunning rise under McInnes and are now left stuck where they are due to a lack of resources. However the potential that the Ibrox club has to fulfill their previous glories means that they are the only ones capable of breaking down the Bhoys’ dominance. That sort of ambition from McInnes is exactly why he’s the right man for them.
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