Charlie Nicholas has torn Rangers to shreds for their failure to secure Derek McInnes as their new manager, claiming that the board’s credibility is now “shot to pieces”.
The long-time favourite for the Ibrox job turned down the chance to manage the Light Blues in favour of staying with Aberdeen, it was confirmed on Thursday.
The Gers then announced that Graeme Murty would be in charge until the end of the year, claiming that it would have been a risk to have appointed McInnes.
As quoted in his column on the Daily Express website, Nicholas revealed he was shocked by the news.
The former Celtic striker said: “When I heard Derek was staying at Aberdeen you could have knocked me down with a feather.
“It was a genuine ‘wow’ moment. The last time I was this taken aback by a decision was when Maurice Johnston was wheeled out into the Ibrox boardroom just weeks after agreeing to join Celtic!
He then discussed how fans would perceive Rangers owner Dave King after the seemingly number one target for the job turned the Glasgow giants down.
“I’m not sure Dave King and his board can recover from a punch of this force,” he added.
“Their credibility is shot to pieces. Today they lie spark out on the canvas. What an embarrassing situation for the Ibrox board to deal with as they limp back to the drawing board…the Ibrox club is still a wreck behind the scenes, lacking in structure and unconvincing when it comes to delivering on promises.”
The two month search for Rangers’ new manager after the sacking of Pedro Caixinha seemed to be over after the board approached Aberdeen to speak to McInnes.
After the initial approach was turned down, and now McInnes has decided to stay at Aberdeen, things seem to be no further forward.
Graeme Murty continues in charge of the Gers for their upcoming Scottish Premiership match against Ross County at Ibrox.
Murty lead Rangers back up to second place in the league after two wins over, ironically, Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen. The interim manager faces some difficult matches in the weeks ahead, with trips to Neil Lennon’s Hibs and league leaders Celtic.
In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January