By support

8th Dec, 2017 | 1:08pm

'Astonishing' - Gordon Smith slams Rangers board after McInnes snub

Former Rangers director of football Gordon Smith has slammed the board of the Ibrox club after Derek McInnes opted to stay with Aberdeen rather than move to the Glasgow side.

After almost six weeks of deliberation it looked like the Gers had finally got their man but their dithering may have cost them the chance of appointing McInnes.

The former Rangers striker isn’t impressed with the way Dave King and the rest of the man in charge at Ibrox have handled the entire situation, branding it “strange”.

Smith, as shown on Sky Sports Scotland’s official Twitter account on Friday, said: “I find that the whole thing is astonishing…it seems strange to take so long to make the appointment.

“When he turns it down, they released a statement…saying he didn’t have the bottle for such a big role.

“They are trying to say he wasn’t the number one candidate, I just don’t understand how they can say that.”

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McInnes had been considered the favourite to be the next permanent manager at Ibrox since the departure of Pedro Caixina in October.

The Gers were refused permission by Aberdeen to speak to McInnes and after talks with the Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne he decided to stay with the Dons.

Graeme Murty is set to continue as Rangers interim manager until the end of the year as the search for the next permanent Ibrox boss goes into its third month.

Murty’s next game in charge is against Ross County at Ibrox, before he faces a trip to Edinburgh to take on Neil Lennon’s Hibs and he has to contend with a Glasgow derby against Celtic on the 30th of December, in what may prove to be his final game in charge.

In other Rangers news, Alan Brazil has admitted Rangers used to make him ‘feel sick’

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