Rangers

By Guy Giles

Former Rangers director of football Gordon Smith has claimed that favourite Derek McInnes must be interested in the vacant managerial position at Ibrox.

Rangers have been on the hunt for a new permanent boss since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha after a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock on the 25th of October.

Aberdeen boss McInnes has emerged as the favourite to take the helm at Ibrox but real progress on the deal is yet to be made.

Smith, speaking to the Sunday Post, moved to reassure Rangers fans about the delay changing McInnes’ position as frontrunner for the job.

He said: “McInnes is undoubtedly the main candidate, and my impression is that he must be interested in taking the job. If he wasn’t, he would surely have released a statement saying he that he wasn’t interested. That would have brought some reassurance to the Aberdeen fans.

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“Of course, he may be waiting for an official approach from Rangers. He might well want to play everything by the book and then accept or turn down the job. I’m surprised that he has made no comment.

“Until he writes off the prospect of becoming Rangers manager, we have to assume he is interested.”

Smith, who worked as the Gers’ director of football during the 2011/12 season, also spoke out about the board’s decision to hire Caixinha.

Caixinha was a surprise appointment to replace Mark Warburton, and the Portuguese ended up being the shortest-serving manager in Ibrox history when he was sacked after 229 days.

Caixinha oversaw 14 wins from 26 games as manager, but low points such as the 5-1 loss to Celtic and their Europa League qualifying exit to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn were telling.

Interim boss Graeme Murty has overseen two wins from two games, a 3-1 win at Hearts followed by a solid 3-0 home win against Partick Thistle.

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

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