Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has admitted that it is “a bit peculiar” that a club as big as Rangers still does not have a new manager, adding that he is shocked Derek McInnes snubbed the vacancy.
The Gers have had Graeme Murty in interim charge since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in October after a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.
A protracted attempt to entice Derek McInnes to Ibrox ended in failure when the Aberdeen boss announced his intentions to stay at Pittodrie.
Murty has since had the nod from the Rangers board to continue as interim boss until the end of the year.
As quoted by the Evening Times before the Gers visit Easter Road in their next league, the Hibs boss admitted that the whole situation left him bewildered.
“Five or 10 years ago, people would have snapped your hand off to be Rangers manager,” he said.
The former Celtic manager added: “I was surprised Derek turned it down but there were obviously personal and other reasons for not taking the job.
“It is a bit peculiar that a club of that stature, it’s taken them so long to find a manager, but they will feel it’s important that it’s not just a short-term fix.”
Rangers go into the match with Hibs three points ahead of their opponents, and in joint second place with Aberdeen, five points behind league leaders Celtic, who have a game in hand.
The first game between the teams this season at Ibrox in August was won 3-2 by Hibs and surrounded by controversy, as Gers midfielder Ryan Jack was sent-off – he later had the red card rescinded – and Neil Lennon was accused of provoking supporters with his celebrations after Hibs scored.
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