BT Sport pundit Stephen Craigan has boldly claimed that Derek McInnes didn’t look as though he was Rangers’ first choice to replace Pedro Caixinha as manager after taking six weeks to make an approach for the Aberdeen boss.
McInnes rejected a move to Ibrox on Thursday and leaves the Gers with Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty continuing in interim charge of the first-team.
Caixinha was sacked on October 26th with McInnes the obvious candidate to succeed the Portuguese for many supporters.
Craigan believes it will bring “closure” for Aberdeen but questioned the length of time taken for the Ibrox board to make a move for McInnes.
“Closure for Aberdeen and a chance to kickstart their season after a poor run I’m guessing their fans are thinking,” Craigan said, in a post on his personal Twitter account.
“Was McInnes really their first choice?
“Doesn’t look like it after 6 weeks!”
Closure for Aberdeen and a chance to kickstart their season after a poor run I’m guessing their fans are thinking. Was McInnes really their first choice?? Doesn’t look like it after 6 weeks!
— Stephen Craigan (@stephencraigan) December 7, 2017
Murty has already taken charge of six games since being handed the reins and will again be in the dugout when Rangers face Ross County on Saturday afternoon.
The Light Blues won back-to-back Scottish Premiership clashes with McInnes’ Dons last week to leapfrog them into second place in the table.
Murty is likely to remain in charge until the end of 2017 and the Scottish Premiership’s winter break before being replaced with a permanent successor – or being given the job on a full-time basis himself.
The Gers have won four games under Murty in the weeks since Caixinha’s sacking and could record their first run of three consecutive wins in a year with victory at Ibrox on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January