By James Black
Former midfield hardman Alex Rae expects Derek McInnes to replace Pedro Caixinha as Rangers managers – and thinks he has taken Aberdeen as far as he can.
McInnes is bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha and the 46-year-old is widely expected to take over at Ibrox if the two sides can agree compensation.
Rae thinks the Aberdeen manager’s past as a Rangers player works in his favour as he knows the demands and expectations at the Ibrox giants.
McInnes spent five years at the Gers between 1995-2000 after moving to his boyhood heroes from Greenock Morton and joining a dressing room of superstars like Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup.
Rangers are looking for their first major trophy since 2011 and Rae believes McInnes has taken the Dons as far as he can and is ready for a new challenge.
“I look at the dynamics up at Aberdeen and he’s been to a couple of cup finals last year and he’s won the League Cup a couple of years ago,” Rae said, as quoted by BBC Sport on their website.
“And I think, okay, that’s as far as he can go.
“We talk about a challenge, the finances he would have at his disposal, would be substantially more.
“He knows the expectations, so when he comes on board, he knows that a draw’s not good enough away to one of the provincial clubs.
“He knows the demands of the fans and I think this is one of the things that actually goes in his favour.”
McInnes’ Aberdeen sit in second-place in the Scottish Premiership – one point off leaders Celtic – ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.
The Gers are a further five points behind the Pittodrie side as the Dons look to secure a fourth consecutive second-place finish.
McInnes also took Aberdeen to their first trophy in 20 years when they lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015.
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