COMMENT By John Reid
Three weeks after Pedro Caixinha was sacked by Rangers, the club have still not appointed a new permanent manager.
Caretaker boss Graeme Murty is still in charge, and to be fair he has done a good job, leading Rangers to two wins out of two.
However, with Rangers announcing that they will begin to process job applications next week, there is a chance that the delay in appointing a new boss could lead to them missing out in appointing the man who is rightfully their number one candidate – 46-year-old Derek McInnes.
The Aberdeen manager appeared at a press conference yesterday ahead of their weekend game against Motherwell.
He seemed annoyed with the constant speculation and stated that he ‘did not want to be sitting here answering questions all the time’ about the Rangers job.
In a way, it’s understandable that Rangers are taking their with this appointment, as the last two managerial appoints at Ibrox have ultimately ended in failure.
It could be that Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen isn’t in favour of appointing McInnes, and has his own idea of who should take the reigns at Rangers.
A solution will have to be found soon though, particularly as Rangers are set to play Aberdeen twice in a week towards the end of November.
It will be interesting to see who Derek McInnes is in charge of for those games.
However, their indecision could prove monumentally costly – McInnes would seem to be the best man for the job.
He is the only manager who has even come close to catching Celtic in recent years.
As Rangers’ primary goal is to catch and overtake Celtic, surely it would make sense for Rangers to appoint the man who has pushed them close?
Failure to appoint McInnes could leave further behind in their aim to get back to the top of Scottish football, and that would be disastrous for the club.
In other Rangers news, youth midfielder Stephen Kelly has stated that he wants to play in the Champions League