Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes linked with a return to Rangers

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 27 October 2017, 10:17

Rangers are on the hunt for their third manager of 2017 after sacking Pedro Caixinha on Thursday following a miserable seven months at the helm.

At this early stage in proceedings it’s literally a case of close your eyes and take your pick in the Next Rangers Manager Market with a multitude of managers in the mix for the new Gers vacancy.

At the time of writing it’s Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes who has emerged as the favourite for the post, ahead of former Rangers gaffer Alex McLeish, the very keen Billy Davies, caretaker Graeme Murty, and former defender Frank de Boer, who infamously lasted only four league games at Crystal Palace earlier this season.

Only McInnes knows whether he would make a sudden switch from the East coast down to Glasgow, but while a move at this point in time seems unlikely to some, it’s worth remembering that the 46-year-old spent five years at Ibrox between 1995 and 2000, winning the SPL and Scottish Cup during his time there.

Aberdeen are currently three points behind Celtic in the SPL title race, after sinking a mid-week 3-0 defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ men, who extended their remarkable unbeaten run to 61 games.

The loss ended the Dons’ own 11 game undefeated streak, but they are still five points ahead of 4th-placed Rangers who leaked in a late equaliser at home to Kilmarnock, in what proved to be Caixinha’s final game in charge.

Last season Aberdeen finished runners-up to Celtic in both the league and cup, but back in May McInnes memorably orchestrated the club’s first win at ibrox in a staggering 26 years.

The following month he was linked with a summer switch to Sunderland, but instead committed himself to the Dons, signing a one-year contract extension through to 2020. The Dandies fans will now be hoping he swats away the advances of his former club should they come calling.

In the meantime Murty will take charge of Rangers for Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Murrayfield against Hearts, who can draw level with the Gers on 18 points if the win on home soil.

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