Rangers supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side record successive victories over Aberdeen to leapfrog the Dons into second place in the Scottish Premiership table.
The Gers remain without a permanent manager over a month on from the sacking of Pedro Caixinha, yet caretaker boss Graeme Murty deserves much credit for somewhat steadying the ship at Ibrox. And were the Rangers board to appoint a new manager now, he would take over a side second in the table and seven points adrift of leaders Celtic after back-to-back wins over Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen, with their 3-0 success at Ibrox last week followed by a 2-1 win at Pittodrie on Sunday, results which saw Murty’s men overtake the Dons in the Scottish Premiership table.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Gers fans in the Tavern this week, although several remain restless regarding the ongoing pursuit of a new manager, which has seemingly taken a turn for the worse if a recent report from The Daily Mail is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Rangers have suffered another significant setback as they have not been given permission to speak to manager McInnes regarding the vacant managerial role at Ibrox.
The Aberdeen chief has been one of the favourites for the job ever since the departure of Caixinha on October 26, yet he himself alongside chairman Stewart Milne confirmed last month that he would be staying at Pittodrie.
That doesn’t appear to have deterred Rangers though, yet they have been halted in their quest to lure McInnes away from Aberdeen as reports suggest that the Dons have refused the Gers permission to talk to their former player, who spent five years at Ibrox between 1995 and 2000.
Thus, it very much remains to be seen what turn the Rangers hierarchy take next in their pursuit of Caixinha’s successor.
Landlord’s verdict: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been heavy favourite for the vacant managerial role at Rangers ever since Pedro Caixinha was sacked at the end of the October, but the Gers have so failed in their quest to lure him away from Pittodrie.
And the Rangers hierarchy reportedly attempted to do so again on Tuesday only for the Dons to reportedly refuse them permission to talk to McInnes, who of course spent five years of his playing career at Ibrox between 1995 and 2000.
Ultimately, the 46-year-old appears to be very highly-rated by the Gers board, but this latest setback is unlikely to fill our resident Light Blues fans which much hope that their club will indeed be able to convince him to leave Aberdeen for Glasgow.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!