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Huge setback for Rangers board in search for Caixinha’s successor

Rangers supporters are getting increasingly restless in the Transfer Tavern as their side’s search for a new manager threatens to enter a second month, and it seemingly no clearer as to who could be taking over at Ibrox.

Pedro Caixinha was axed as Gers boss back on October 26 after overseeing a sluggish start to the campaign, which included an embarrassing Europa League defeat to Progres Niederkorn, leaving former Reading and Southampton defender Graeme Murty to take over on a temporary basis. And although the 43-year-old led the side to two victories in his opening two games, the Scottish giants were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Hamilton last weekend at Ibrox to further incense our resident Gers fans.

And they are unlikely to feel much better given recent reports from the Aberdeen official website (via the BBC), which includes some intriguing quotes from Dons chairman Stewart Milne regarding the future of manager Derek McInnes, a reported target of Rangers.

The former Bristol City chief took over at Pittodrie back in 2013 and has done a sterling job in securing three successive second place finishes in the Scottish Premiership, while also leading the club to the Scottish League Cup title in 2013.

And his excellent work with the Dons hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Premier League side West Brom and indeed Rangers linked with a move for the 46-year-old in a bid to appoint him as their new manager.

Yet Aberdeen chairman Milne has all but ended speculation surrounding McInnes’ future, saying: ‘Derek made his position very clear to me.

‘He has no intention of going anywhere. He loves this club.’

Thus, these comments are unlikely to improve the mood among our resident Rangers fans, with it seeming that another target is out of the running to take over at Ibrox.

Landlord’s verdict: Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial role at Rangers ever since Pedro Caixinha’s departure at the end of October, but chairman Stewart Milne has given the clearest indication yet that he’ll stay with the Dons.

And this is sure to frustrate our resident Gers supporters who are becoming increasingly restless regarding the time it’s taking to appoint a new manager, with it almost a month since Caixinha was sacked.

Admittedly, if McInnes was to become Rangers boss it would likely have happened by now, but that doesn’t take away from the disappointment likely felt by the Gers board following Milne’s comments, with it seeming that they’ll have to turn their attentions to another target in the coming days and weeks.

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

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