Date: 20th November 2017 at 4:27pm
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By James Black

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson revealed his concern that the Gers can’t afford to recruit Derek McInnes as the search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement drags on.

Caixinha was sacked by the Ibrox giants on October 26th and there’s been no movement from the Gers to bring in a new manager in.

Under-20’s manager Graeme Murty has been in interim charge while director of football Mark Allen and the club’s board look for a new boss.

McInnes was approached by Sunderland over the summer before agreeing a new contract with Aberdeen – leading Ferguson to think the Ibrox giants can’t afford to cough up and buy-out the Dons boss’ contract.

“He signed a new contract over the summer somewhere in the region between £750,000 and £800,000,” Ferguson said in a YouTube video for Betsafe.

“I don’t know if Rangers can afford that because they’ve had to pay off Pedro Caixinha and his staff. So that’s a worry.

“I think Derek is the obvious choice. He played here for a number of years, he won a number of trophies and he knows what Rangers is all about.

“So for me, he’s the man that Rangers need to get.”

McInnes has been replaced as bookies’ favourite by former Rangers manager Alex McLeish and has been linked with taking over at West Brom following Tony Pulis’ sacking on Monday.

The Aberdeen manager has taken the Dons to three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership as well as lifting the Scottish League Cup in 2015.

Ferguson was interviewed by Caixinha earlier this year as the Portuguese was looking to hire a coach with knowledge of the club, and Scottish football in general, but missed out to Jonatan Johansson.

The former Rangers captain’s last job was as manager of League Two Clyde.

In other Rangers news, a Premier League club has joined the Light Blues in pursuing one of their top targets.

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