Rangers manager search: Alex McLeish gives verdict on Derek McInnes situation after Ibrox approach blocked

Alex McLeish of Nottingham Forest looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match Nottingham Forest and Oldham Athletic at City Ground on January 5, 2013 in Nottingham, England.

Rangers were refused permission to talk to McInnes regarding the Ibrox vacancy earlier this week.

Alex McLeish of Nottingham Forest looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match Nottingham Forest and Oldham Athletic at City Ground on January 5, 2013 in Nottingham, England.

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has told Talksport's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that Derek McInnes should be allowed to hold talks regarding a move to Ibrox.

McLeish - who at one point surpassed McInnes as bookies favourite to land the Rangers position - also played for Aberdeen, who blocked an approach from Ibrox earlier this week.

STV reported on Tuesday that McInnes, along with his assistant Tony Docherty, missed Aberdeen's training session on Wednesday and will not attend a scheduled press conference later today, according to the Scottish Sun.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty is seen prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on November 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether Rangers are close to making a breakthrough in their pursuit of the 46-year-old.

And asked whether he agreed with his former Aberdeen teammate Willie Miller - who told BBC Sport on Wednesday that the Dons should not stand in McInnes' way should he wish to talk to Rangers - McLeish concurred.

"Of course, it's the modern day," said the 58-year-old. "You can't stop people going and speaking to other clubs. It's going to happen, you know that's going to happen at some stage. And Aberdeen will have to make a compromise."

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

Rangers' last manager, Pedro Caixinha, lasted only seven months at Ibrox, and asked whether McInnes would be better off at Aberdeen, who remain in a stable position, McLeish added: "It's not a level playing field, let's get that right.

"Rangers are way behind Celtic and they've got a lot of catching up to do. Derek - or the next manager - needs to be given time should he join Rangers. It's easy just to sack him after a few bad results but that's life at Celtic and Rangers. They're unique teams in the world."

The Scottish Sun reported on Tuesday that Rangers are planning a second bid for McInnes, who wants to hear what his old club have to say, according to the Daily Record.

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