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4th Nov, 2017 | 11:09am

James Tavernier: This Rangers managerial candidate stands out (not Murty)

By James Black

Rangers star James Tavernier has revealed he’s been impressed with Aberdeen Derek McInnes – as speculation linking the 46-year-old with the vacant manager’s job at Ibrox intensifies.

McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Pedro Caixiha after the Portuguese was sacked by Rangers last week and Tavernier believes the Dons boss “stands out” in the Scottish Premiership.

Caixinha was dismissed after the Gers fell to fourth in the table following the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock last Wednesday.

Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty has been put in temporary charge while the Gers board look for a new manager and was in charge last weekend as the Light Blues stolled by Hearts 3-1 at Murrayfield.

Tavernier believes that Ibrox managerial candidate McInnes is proving himself to be hot property with the performances he has got out on Aberdeen.

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“He has done a great job up there at Aberdeen and knows the league very well,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.

“I can’t really talk about the position but he is a manager that stands out in the Premiership.

“This is still a big job.”

Tavernier is almost certain to be involved when the Gers take on Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon as they look to close the six-point gap to league leaders Celtic.

The two sides have already met twice this season so far at Firhill with the Gers winning once – in extra time – and the sides playing out a draw in the other.

The Ibrox giants sit third in the Scottish Premiership and are five points off second-placed Aberdeen.

In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.

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