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Chris Sutton was critical of Rangers' linked Aitor Karanka, could he win him round?

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Could Aitor Karanka be heading to Ibrox to fill the vacant Rangers post?

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Aitor Karanka is the latest name linked with the vacant Rangers manager job.

SkyBet list Karanka at 6/1 - the current second favourite along with Alex McLeish behind Derek McInnes.

The Spaniard is out of work after being sacked by Middlesbrough in March, having guided them to promotion from the Championship a year earlier.

Former Celtic players Henrik Larsson (C) and Chris Sutton (R) talk prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12,...

During his time at Middlesbrough he was criticised by former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, Scottish football's most notorious pundit, and a regular scourge of Rangers.

Sutton tipped Karanka's Boro for relegation earlier this year - he turned out to be right - and criticised his man management.

He told The Mail: "They [Middlesbrough] are the division's lowest scorers and, though they have kept things tight at the back, their lack of creativity will become a problem should they start leaking goals.

"Karanka made a mistake criticising the fans. When you are on the slide you need everyone pulling in the same direction."

Rangers' level of interest in Karanka remains unclear, but he is a manager who has amassed plenty of experience in his short career so far and is well connected.

But he might find something in common with previous Rangers managers - a struggle to win over Sutton from the very first moment.

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