Rangers are surely regretting not appointing Gary Rowett when they had the chance

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers were linked with Gary Rowett in March and must surely regret not appointing him when they had the chance.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With Pedro Caixinha's tenure at Rangers unlikely to be remembered fondly at all by the Gers faithful, it is certainly not the biggest claim to suggest that the Light Blues appointed the wrong man when they decided to turn to the Portuguese.

But in hindsight, it is simply baffling that Rangers did not appoint a manager who confirmed that he had held talks with the Scottish Premiership side about potentially succeeding Mark Warburton.

Gary Rowett, Manager of Derby County  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Huddersfield Town at iPro Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Derby, England.

In comments reported by BBC Sport, Gary Rowett confirmed that he had met Rangers about taking the job, and described the opportunity speak to the Gers hierarchy as a compliment, which just hints that he would have certainly been interested in taking the role had it been offered to him.

Rowett has done a fantastic job at every club that he has managed so far. He built on the foundations at Burton Albion and put more in place that helped them on their journey to the Championship, turned Birmingham's fortunes around - with the full scale of the job he did only being fully appreciated as his successors failed to replicate his achievements - and has made a very bright start to life at Derby.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

While managing in the Scottish top flight is a different task, Rowett's managerial record suggests that he would have been a brilliant appointment had the board offered him the job when he was out of work.

Of course, with Rowett doing well at Pride Park currently, there is no chance that he would be available as they look for Caixinha's successor. But perhaps, if they had decided to appoint Rowett when he seemed interested earlier in the year, they would be in a much better position right now. 

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