If Derek McInnes is Rangers' number one target, why are Gers taking so long over approach?

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers have reportedly made Derek McInnes their number one target, but the Ibrox side are yet to make a move.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

According to The Scottish Sun last Thursday, Rangers have identified Derek McInnes as their number one target as they continue their search for Pedro Caixinha's successor at Ibrox.

Yet one week on, and McInnes has confirmed to Sky Sports that he has received no approach from the Scottish Premiership side and has insisted that he is fully focused on the job that he is doing at Aberdeen.

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.

Rangers fans therefore, should arguably be scratching their head right now wondering why the Gers are not moving quicker, as it could surely be argued that the longer they leave it to make the move, the less likely McInnes will be to leave the Dons.

If Rangers sacked Caixinha and made an almost immediate approach for McInnes, it would be clear to the former Gers player that he was the undisputed number one target, and with that would surely come an enormous amount of faith and backing that may prove beneficial during the coming years if he took the job.

With Aberdeen established as Celtic's closest rivals in the top flight over the last few years, McInnes may feel that he needs that full backing if he is to turn his back on the Dons and try and turn Rangers into the heavyweights they were before their dramatic plight. 

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

And the longer the Gers leave making an approach, the more McInnes can question whether they have their doubts as to whether he definitely is the right man to turn their fortunes around - and whether that apparent hesitation could result in him not being given the full backing and resources he may need at Ibrox.

It is surely going to be a tall order to convince McInnes that swapping his fantastic situation at Aberdeen for Rangers is in his best interests - of course, it has the potential to be - and taking more than a week to follow up on their initial interest is surely not helping their chances of convincing him to move.

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