Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
Jim Duffy has told The Scottish Sun that if Rangers are happy paying a seven-figure sum for Joe Garner, then they should have absolutely no hesitation about paying the compensation fee it would take to land Derek McInnes from Aberdeen.
The Gers' search for a new manager has seen a number of names linked. And while several boast their pros and cons, McInnes is perhaps one of the most well-rounded options currently being talked about amongst fans.
Not only is he enjoying success in the Scottish Premiership with the Dons, but he knows about Rangers having played for them during his playing career.
And Duffy - whose Morton side faced the Light Blues in the club's first game following the end of the Mark Warburton era - has insisted that paying the £1 million fee that would reportedly be owed in compensation would prove to be an absolute bargain compared to what they have spent money on this season.
"As I said, they paid more than that for Garner. They’ve just shelled out £250,000 on a sub goalkeeper," he told The Scottish Sun.
Rangers' Joe Garner
"Derek McInnes isn’t going to get injured four games in, that’s for sure.
"Instead, your cool million will get you a guy prepared to work 24/7 to turn the club around.
"He knows the Scottish game inside out. Perhaps more importantly he knows the market too."
Certainly, if McInnes could oversee the kind of progression that he has managed with Aberdeen at Ibrox, then it would go down as an excellent piece of business on Rangers' part if they managed to tempt him to the club.
And with the Daily Record recently reporting that it would actually not take anything like a seven-figure fee to bring McInnes to the Gers, it could actually turn out to be an even bigger bargain than Duffy realises.
If McInnes rejects the chance to return then there is obviously nothing Rangers can do about that, but they surely cannot allow themselves to be put off by the prospect of paying compensation when you consider how well the 45-year-old has done at Pittodrie.
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