Nicholas delivers brutally honest assessment of McInnes-Rangers saga

Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas in action during a Canon League division one match between Arsenal and Everton at Highbury stadium, in april 1986, in London, England.

Former Celtic ace Charlie Nicholas has had his say on Derek McInnes move to Ibrox club Rangers.

Charlie Nicholas of Arsenal is tackled by Roy Aitken of Celtic during a pre-season Friendly match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

Former Celtic player Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he believes Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes will join Rangers soon, but has criticised the Gers for their lack of action.

The Gers sacked former manager Pedro Caixinha back in October but are yet to appoint a permanent successor, with interim manager Graeme Murty likely to remain in control for his seventh game as caretaker boss on Saturday.

Aberdeen released a statement on their official website this week, informing fans that they had rejected an approach from the Gers for McInnes - but it is becoming more and more inevitable, according to Nicholas, that McInnes will take over.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes celebrates during the UEFA Europa league second qualifying round, first leg match between Aberdeen and Ventspils at Pittodrie Stadium on July 14, 2016 in...

Talking to Sky Sports, Nicholas ridiculed Rangers by criticising their patience over the deal, before stating that McInnes' arrival will make Rangers stronger than Aberdeen. He also outlined the need to invest at Ibrox, describing the current Rangers squad as "pretty average".

"It's a done deal isn't it, it's a matter of time before McInnes left Aberdeen," Nicholas said. "Rangers have waited so long to pay compensation, why does it take so long? If Rangers want you, they should have made a move. It's left him isolated.

"I always though McInnes was coming to his sell-by date at Aberdeen. He can't take them any further. I think this will happen now, but what will happen is that it will make Rangers slightly stronger and Aberdeen weaker.  

"Other than that, he needs funds. The team is pretty average. They're not even close to Celtic, no matter who they have in charge - Caixinha or McInnes. Rangers don't have a big financial pot, and it won't be until the summer until they start to build."

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Interim manager Murty has taken control of the Gers last six games, winning four of those including two wins in his last two games against the Dons which has seen Rangers move into second place.

It remains to be seen if McInnes will be appointed at Ibrox this week, as Rangers prepare to face Ross County on Saturday at Ibrox before a difficult away trip to Neil Lennon's Hibernian on Wednesday evening next week.

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