Rangers search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement continues. Who’s in the running for the Ibrox Post?

Almost a month has passed since Pedro Caixinha lost his job as Rangers manager, and we are still unaware of who will now take up the position.
There have been more contenders than the Grand National, but EN4 News attempts to whittle down the most likely of the prospective candidates.

The former Rangers manager (2001-2006) had a largely successful period at Ibrox, and has become the bookies favourite to return to the hot-seat. McLeish has expressed his interest in the vacancy, but fans are split regarding his credentials.

McLeish visits Ibrox for a cup match. Photograph: Daily Record

The 58 year old understands the weight of expectation with the club, with his previous spell in charge suggesting he could turn Rangers into legitimate challengers to Celtic.

However, since leaving the Scottish national team set-up in 2007, his management career has been mediocre, meaning plenty of supporters would consider him an underwhelming appointment, and possibly past his prime.

 

Derek McInnes

The current Aberdeen boss has had a fantastic spell in charge at Aberdeen, transforming the club into the country’s second best team, both in the absence and presence of Rangers. If granted the job, supporters will be hoping with the greater resources available he could help the club usurp their Old Firm rivals.

Having played for Rangers in the 1990s, McInnes has seemed the logical and most likely choice to become the next boss for much of the past few weeks. Ties to the club and recent success in the league means fan and media response has been positive.

McInnes with Pedro Caixinha. Photograph: Sky Sports

It’s unclear what the major stumbling block is; the compensation fee to break his Aberdeen contract, or apathy on the side of either McInnes or Rangers.

 

Graeme Murty

Former Reading captain and Scotland international, Murty has undertaken the role of caretaker since Caixinha’s sacking, earning praise from supporters and players alike.

This support, victories against Hearts and Patrick Thistle, and the low-cost nature of his appointment looked to have put Murty into contention with taking the position full tim

Caretaker boss Murty takes charge of training. Photograph: Daily Record

However, a dismal 2-0 defeat against Hamilton last weekend meant could well have irrecoverably dented his chances of being named the Rangers boss. The loss meant it has been over a year since the Gers last won three games in a row, and leaves them with two wins from 7 at Ibrox.

 

Frank de Boer

Former Barcelona player and Dutch international de Boer has been linked as has compatriot Giovanni van Bronckhorst, yet it is the former that appears more likely due to being both unemployed, and having stated publicly his interest in the role.

Hot property after an impressive spell as Ajax manager, failed ventures to first Inter Milan and then Crystal Palace have diminished his trendiness. A crack at the Rangers job would likely be make or break for his high-level coaching career.

de Boer chats with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Photograph: HITC

The Dutchman’s prospects would be far greater had another foreign manger in the Portuguese Caxinha not flopped so badly. However, de Boer’s brief stint as a player at Ibrox may ease the demand for a “Rangers man” to take over.

 


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