Almost a month since Pedro Caixinha was sacked by Rangers, it appears that the man who was top of the club’s wishlist never wanted the job in the first place.
According to the Daily Record, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was the first choice to take over at Ibrox with Rangers wanting to go back to British after the disastrous seven month reign of Pedro Caixinha.
But Dons chairman Stewart Milne has now confirmed that the 46-year-old will be remaining at Pittodrie for the foreseeable future – and its doubtful now whether he even wanted the Rangers job in the first-place.
"Derek made his position very clear to me last night that he has no intentions of going anywhere,” Milne told the Daily Record. "He loves this club. He knows he’s loved, he knows he’s respected by everyone at the club and the fans out there.
"He firmly believes he has unfinished business here. He’s always said to me that he didn’t want to leave this club with just one trophy in the boardroom.”
McInnes took over at Aberdeen in 2013 and has led the club to three straight second placed finishes behind Celtic. He also won the 2014 Scottish League Cup – the Dons’ first trophy success in 18 years.
With Rangers’ prolonged search for a new manager getting a little embarrassing with the club seemingly no closer to hiring a replacement, the last thing they needed was to find out that they have wasted their time fluttering their eyelashes in McInnes’ direction.
And with Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland boss, now seemingly most likely to replace Gordan Strachan in charge of Scotland, Rangers are facing up to the prospect of having to look outside the box.
This is how they ended up with Caixinha in the first place.