By James Black
Former Rangers winger Andrei Kanchelskis has backed his old Ibrox team-mate Derek McInnes to replace Pedro Caixinha as manager – but insists Gordon Strachan and current bookies’ favourite Alex McLeish must not get the job.
McInnes was the long-standing favourite to take take the reins at his old club but has since seen himself linked with a return to The Hawthorns to replace Tony Pulis as West Brom manager.
Rangers have been without a manager since sacking Caixinha on October 26th as the Ibrox board take their time about appointing a replacement.
Kanchelskis played alongside McInnes for two years at Ibrox after his Scottish transfer record-breaking move from Fiorentina and thinks the Aberdeen manager’s success at Pittodrie should see him given the Ibrox hotseat.
“The club needs someone who can understand the mentality but not someone like a McLeish or Strachan,” Kanchelskis said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“They need some new, younger coaches.
“Sometimes young coaches get brought in and changed after six months but they need some time.
“I remember Derek when he played for Rangers as a midfielder. He was a nice guy.
“He has been working at Aberdeen and been successful so why not?”
McInnes has been a huge success at the Dons with three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership behind champions Celtic and a Scottish League Cup win making him the most successful Aberdeen manager in years.
Graeme Murty has been given interim control of the Light Blues as they search for a new manager and is likely to be in the dugout on Friday night when the Gers travel to Dens Park to face Dundee.
If McInnes is to be the next Rangers manager then the Ibrox board need to get their finger out with a double-header against his current side Aberdeen following Friday’s trip to Dundee.
In other Rangers news, this 46-year-old manager who is wanted by the Gers is set to hold talks.