Rangers hero claims there's only one man for Ibrox job after McInnes snub, Everton deal a factor

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 saw Derek McInnes snub a move to Ibrox last week.

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 hero Derek Johnstone has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Alex McLeish is the only man who can take charge of the club after Derek McInnes' snub.

The Gers sacked Pedro Caixinha back in October but have still yet to find a replacement for the Portuguese boss, nearly two months since he was relieved of his duties.

Rangers finally made an approach for a manager last week, but they were first rebuffed by Aberdeen for Derek McInnes, before McInnes himself snubbed the move to Ibrox.

As a boyhood Rangers fan and former Gers midfielder, many thought a move to Ibrox was inevitable – but, for whatever reason, McInnes has chosen to stay put with Aberdeen.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is seen during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

That has left Rangers reeling. Graeme Murty is doing an admirable job as caretaker manager, but as an inexperienced manager, he doesn't appear to be the answer just yet, and fans are left wondering just where a new boss is coming from.

Now, Rangers hero Derek Johnstone has offered his view, telling the Glasgow Evening Times that only one man fits the bill now – Alex McLeish.

McLeish, 58, has already had one four-and-a-half year stint in charge of Rangers, winning 66% of his games whilst clinching two league titles during his time in the Ibrox dugout.

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Now out of work, McLeish is being backed as the man to take the reins even only until the end of the season, with other managers Johnstone wanted – such as now-Everton boss Sam Allardyce – unavailable.

“There is no doubt this is a huge blow to the Rangers board but they have to come up with a plan to move forward now,” said Johnstone. “Who else comes into consideration? The first one that comes to mind is Alex McLeish, even if that is just until the end of the season.”

“I can’t think of anyone else that has previously been mentioned that could come in now because a lot of them – like Sam Allardyce, who I spoke about a while ago – have got jobs. Is there a Plan B?” he added.

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