By Danny Wright
Walter Smith believes that Rangers should hire Derek McInnes to be their next manager.
The 69-year-old Ibrox legend says that the Aberdeen boss has done a brilliant job at Pittodrie and he would like to see him replace Mark Warburton in the Ibrox hot seat.
McInnes has been heavily linked with the job ever since Warburton left in controversial circumstances in early February.
Pedro Caixinha is the current favourite to take charge of the Glasgow club.
“I would like to see Derek take the opportunity to do that. I had him as a player, as a manager he has done a good job wherever he is,” Smith said on Sky Sports as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He went down to Bristol and had some problems, has come back to Aberdeen, four years there, and brought stability to the club.
“He’s adapted to what he’s got and I don’t think Rangers would go far wrong in attempting to get Derek.”
Smith managed the Light Blues on two different occasions amassing 10 Scottish league titles, five Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups between 1991-98 and 2007-2011.
Rangers are currently six points behind McInnes’ Aberdeen in third place in the Scottish Premiership.
The 45-year-old has previously had spells in charge at St. Johnstone and Bristol City but he has quickly become known as one of Scotland’s most talented managers with the Dons.
In the 185 matches he has took charge of Aberdeen, McInnes has a 56% win rate and has won 105 matches as manager in all competitions.
Graeme Murty has took charge of Gers since Warburton left the club and has won three of his five games as caretaker manager which included Saturday’s 6-0 hammering of Hamilton in the Scottish Cup quarter final.
In other Rangers news, Dougie Imrie slams Joe Garner for a horrific tackle against Hamilton on Saturday,