Rangers to be granted permission to open talks this week over £1.5m deal - report
By James Black
Rangers are set to be given permission to speak with Derek McInnes over replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager this week – according to a report.
The Herald claim Aberdeen will give permission for McInnes to speak with the Gers if the Ibrox giants agree to cough up £1.5million in compensation for the 46-year-old.
The Rangers board appear to have made McInnes their number one choice to replace Caixinha and could make their move for the Dons boss this week.
McInnes is no stranger to Rangers having played for the club for five years between 1995-2000.
Earlier this year McInnes looked set to move to Sunderland after the Black Cats agreed compensation with Aberdeen only for McInnes to reject a move and agree an extended deal at Pittodrie.
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The former St. Johnstone and Bristol City boss has guided to Dons to three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership and lifted the Scottish League Cup.
Aberdeen beat Ross County 2-1 over the weekend to close to within a point of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha – seven months after he was overlooked in favour of the Portuguese – as Rangers look for their 17th permanent manager in 145 years.
Other names in the running to replace Caixinha include Alex McLeish, Michel Preud’homme and Sam Allardyce.
In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter to this 58-year-old’s interest in replacing Caixinha.