By Danny Wright

31st Oct, 2017 | 6:18pm

Chris Sutton: This is who will be the next Rangers manager

By Danny Wright

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has claimed that Derek McInnes will be the next Rangers manager.

Aberdeen boss McInnes, 46, has been widely linked with replacing Pedro Caixinha in the Ibrox hotseat after the Portuguese manager was sacked by the Gers board last week.

Many pundits have suggested that Rangers need to bring someone in who not only has quality, but also has a deep understanding of the Glasgow club, and McInnes certainly ticks both of those boxes.

He spent five years of his playing career on the books at Ibrox and in his time in management, he has been thoroughly impressive with St Johnstone and currently Aberdeen.

Ex-Celtic striker Sutton believes that it is a no-brainer for the Gers to go for McInnes, and has boldly claimed that he will be the man to replace Caixinha.

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“I’m saying it will be Derek McInnes,” said Sutton, as shown on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account on Tuesday evening.

“[It is] absolutely the right move, he’s the man for the Rangers job.

“He turned down Sunderland in the summer.

“When is the right time for a guy to go into Rangers? And Rangers were in decline under their last manager.”

McInnes has had great success in his three full seasons with Aberdeen, guiding them to finishing third in his first year, before back-to-back runners-up spots to Celtic in the past two campaigns.

Last term the ex-Scotland international midfielder also guided the Dons to the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup finals, feats that continue to elude Rangers after a dismal start to this season.

Graeme Murty is in temporary charge of the Gers and has so far managed to steady the ship with a 3-1 win at Hearts on Saturday after going a goal behind.

But it seems that the bulk of the damage had already been done in Caixinha’s tenure, with the Gers crashing out of the Europa League at the first hurdle to minnows Progres and losing in the League Cup semi-final to Motherwell at Hampden Park earlier in October.

In other Rangers news, this ex-Ibrox boss is in contention for a return to the Gers.

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