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Frustration for Rangers board as manager hunt takes unwelcome turn

Rangers supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side go down 2-0 at home to Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, thus falling nine points adrift of leaders Celtic.

The Gers remain without a manager almost a month on from Pedro Caixinha’s departure, although interim boss Graeme Murty did steady the ship with two wins from his opening two matches in charge. However, the former Reading and Southampton defender suffered his first defeat on Saturday as the Scottish giants lost 2-0 to Martin Canning’s Hamilton at Ibrox, with second half goals from David Templeton and Darren Lyon securing a deserved win for the visitors, which in turn moved them up to seventh and leaves fourth place Rangers nine points adrift of leaders Celtic.

Thus, there have been many unhappy and despondent Gers fans in the Tavern in recent days, and they are unlikely to be cheered up by a recent report from The Scottish Sun, which suggests that their reported pursuit of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is set to take an unwelcome turn.

The 46-year-old has been in charge at Pittodrie since 2013 and has done a terrific job in leading them to three successive second place finishes in the Scottish Premiership, as well as the Scottish League Cup crown back in 2013.

And, unsurprisingly, the former Bristol City chief has been heavily linked with the managerial vacancy at Ibrox, although recent reports suggest that the Gers may miss out on McInnes as he has been installed as the early favourite to succeed Tony Pulis at Premier League side West Brom.

And having played for the Baggies between 2000 and 2003, in which time he led them to promotion to the top-flight, the 46-year-old may well be interested in a return to the Midlands outfit, which could strike a severe blow in Rangers’ hopes of bringing him to Ibrox.

Landlord’s verdict: Rangers’ search for a new manager is coming up to a month old now, and still it seems far from certain exactly who is likely to take over at Ibrox.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been the favourite for the role ever since Pedro Caixinha lost his job at the end of October, but he is now being tipped to replace the sacked Tony Pulis at former employers West Brom.

The fact that Rangers haven’t been able to lure McInnes to Ibrox as of yet is perhaps indicative of their struggles, and now West Brom are on the lookout for a manager, and the 46-year-old spent three years there between 2000 and 2003, the Gers could well see their search for a new boss go on even longer after this very unwelcome turn.

Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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