By James Black
Rangers still want to appoint Derek McInnes as their new manager, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun report that 46-year-old is still the Ibrox side’s first-choice to replace Pedro Caixinha after he was sacked almost two weeks ago.
The English edition of The Sun had earlier reported that former England boss Steve McClaren had been approached after Rangers were priced out of a move by the Aberdeen board.
Aberdeen’s McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to take over from Pedro Caixinha after the Portuguese was sacked after only 229 days in charge of the Ibrox giants.
McInnes has been a success as Pittodrie after leading the Dons to three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership and lifting the club’s first trophy in 20 years when they won the 2015 Scottish League Cup.
McInnes is no stranger to Ibrox, spending five years at Rangers as a player between 1995 and 2000.
Other names that have been mentioned as potential candidates to replace Caixinha include, David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Michel Preud’homme and Frank de Boer.
Graeme Murty is in interim charge of the Light Blues and a replacement could be in place when Rangers return to action against Hamilton on November 18th.
Football Insider verdict:
If it comes down to a straight choice between McClaren and McInnes, there can only be one choice for the Rangers board. McClaren might have been a highly-regarded coach once upon a time but a look at his medium-term record makes for grim reading – especially in England. The McClaren link has more than a feel of an agent shilling his client around as opposed to genuine interest from Ibrox and it seems unlikely given the need for Rangers to get this appointment spot on. The reaction from the Rangers support should also be enough to sway the board away from McInnes.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.