Rangers

By James Black

Former Ibrox striker Gordon Smith has suggested Rangers’ budget could be the sticking point in hiring a replacement for sacked manager Pedro Caixinha.

Caixinha was sacked almost three weeks ago and Rangers are no further forward in their search for the club’s 17th permanent manager.

Smith has an almost unparalleled position in Scottish football having served as player, coach, pundit, agent, director of football and Scottish FA chief executive over his career.

He believes if Rangers’ number one target is currently already in a job then their budget will come under much more scrutiny.

“I don’t believe an interview will be required if they have identified who they want,” Smith said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “However, that person will want to know the budget at their disposal.

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“They will want funds to help take the club forward.

“That will worry some candidates.

“There are out-of-work managers who would take the job, regardless of the financial position.

“Those in a job, looking to protect their reputation, will look very closely at the budget.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to replace Caixinha at Ibrox after leading the Dons to their first trophy in 20 years when they lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015 and securing three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.

McInnes is no stranger to Ibrox after spending five years with the Gers as a player between 1995 and 2000.

Other names mentioned as possible replacements for Caixinha include Frank de Boer, Michael O’Neill, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and former England manager Steve McClaren.

Graeme Murty is in temporary charge at Ibrox for the second time in 2017 after Caixinha was sacked and has steered the Gers to two wins from two games so far.

The Ibrox giants return to action on Saturday when they face Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.

In other Rangers news, this top-flight winger has moved to dismiss speculation linking him to a Gers move.

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