Ray Wilkins identifies one characteristic the next Rangers manager must have
By Laura O’Leary
Ray Wilkins has commented on the vacant Rangers managerial position and said it has to be an ex-Rangers man that gets the job.
While a guest on TalkSPORT’s Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast (Tuesday 8:38) Wilkins was clear that the next boss at the Gers must know the club inside out.
“They’ve got to get an ex-Rangers in there, that that knows the score,” Wilkins said.
“Someone who knows the club, knows the way the supporters think and that has to be the way it happens now.”
The Rangers vacancy came about after after the club opted to sack Pedro Caixinha after just seven months in charge at the end of October.
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The decision was made following the Gers disappointing 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, which came on the back of losing the League Cup semi-final to Motherwell just days before.
Sky Bet have made current Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes as their favourite for the job, pricing him at 4/9.
McInnes would fit Wilkins’ criteria, having played for the Light Blues between 1995 and 2000, winning the league title and League Cup with them.
Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the bookie’s second favourite at just 11/2.
Bronckhorst would also meet the criteria having played for Rangers between 1998 and 2001, making 71.
Current caretaker manager Graeme Murty is the third favourite for the job and this is his second spell in 2017 as temporary boss of Rangers.
Under Murty’s guidance, the Gers have picked up maximum points in their last two league games, defeating both Hearts and Partick Thistle.
The Light Blues are fourth in the Premier League with 24 points, six points behind league leaders Celtic.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury