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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the man for Rangers, says ex-Scotland and Blackburn Rovers star Barry Ferguson


BARRY FERGUSON is in no doubt that Rangers should make Derek McInnes their new manager.

The former Ibrox skipper is convinced his old club need to appoint someone who has ‘blue blood’ running through their veins after the sacking of Portuguese misfit Pedro Caixinha.

And the 39-year-old has singled out Aberdeen boss McInnes, who had nearly five years with Rangers as a player, as the man he believes can revive the Ibrox outfit.

He said: “For me, you’ve got a guy three hours up the road who has done a fantastic job at Aberdeen – Derek McInnes.

“He knows the club, he’s played for the club, he’s won trophies and he knows the expectations of the club.

“I think he deserves a crack at a big job and what better job for him than the Rangers job? That’s my opinion.

“You could go down the route of bringing Alex McLeish back in.

“But, for me, Derek has done a fantastic job up the road.”


Although sad for anyone to lose their job, Ferguson admits he was relieved to see Caixinha axed on Thursday.

He has rejected notions he harbours sour grapes because he was overlooked in favour of Jonatan Johansson following discussions when the Portuguese manager was seeking to add a ‘local’ coach to his backroom team.

However, he has branded as ‘insulting’ Caixinha’s claim that recent poor results had hurt him more than the club’s supporters.

Ferguson added to BBC Scotland: “He’s only been in seven months and I do think it’s an insult to the fans, guys who have been going there 30, 40, 50 years, to say it hurts him more than the fans.

“The fans are clearly hurting.

“It’s the right thing that’s happened. I don’t like to see anyone lose their job, but it was time for Pedro to move on – and they need to get this (appointment) spot on.”

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