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8th Nov, 2017 | 9:14am

Lee McCulloch: This is the stand-out contender for Rangers manager job

By James Black

Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has insisted that Derek McInnes is the “stand-out” candidate to replace Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager.

Rangers are looking for a replacement for Pedro Caixinha after sacking the 46-year-old last month – and McCulloch thinks the Aberdeen boss is the right man for the job.

McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to take over at Ibrox after leading the Dons to their first trophy in 20 years when they won the Scottish League Cup in 2015.

The Pittodrie side have also finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last three years and recenty-sacked Kilmarnock boss McCulloch thinks McInnes has reached the ceiling of what he can achieve in the Granite City.

“For me, I think Derek McInnes is the stand-out,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.

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“He has played with the club, he knows the demands of the club, his recruitment for Aberdeen has been fantastic.

“From where he took over Aberdeen to where they are now, the transformation has been incredible.”

He added: “I think it’s probably the right time for Derek to leave, although Derek probably couldn’t say this.”

McInnes spent five years at Rangers as a player from 1995 to 2000 after joining his boyhood heroes from Greenock Morton.

Graeme Murty is in temporary charge of the Light Blues and has won both games since Caixinha’s sacking.

The Gers are currently in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership and trail leaders Celtic by six points.

The Ibrox giants return to action after the international break when they take on Hamilton at Ibrox on November 18th.

McInnes could be in the dugout at Ibrox for that game if Rangers and Aberdeen can agree compensation for the 46-year-old.

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