Three years on from failed transfer, could Derek McInnes finally get his man again at Glasgow Rangers?

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

The Aberdeen boss is among the leading contenders to replace Mark Warburton, sacked as Rangers boss on Friday, at Ibrox.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnesAberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Former Glasgow Rangers midfielder Derek McInnes is among the leading contenders to replace Mark Warburton in the Ibrox hotseat.

Looking at the Scottish Premiership table, however, there is little reason for McInnes to quit Aberdeen for the Gers right now.

Nevertheless there are countless reasons why he would be tempted, with the club's stature difficult to ignore.

McInnes will know all too well how hard it can be to lure players to Scottish football, although it is somewhat less of an issue for Rangers. Good signings or not, Aberdeen could never, for example, get a Joey Barton or Niko Kranjcar.

Nor could the Dons compete with Reading when Michael Hector's loan spell expired three years ago (BBC), whereas Rangers just might have - had they been a top flight outfit.

Although a Chelsea player now, it's not inconceivable to imagine Hector being a target for McInnes were he to take the reins at Ibrox before the summer window.

Rangers will almost certainly have a centre-back vacancy, with Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos both out of contract and the future of Rob Kiernan said to be up in the air.

Frankfurt's Michael Hector in actionFrankfurt's Michael Hector in action (right)

Having started just six times for loan club Frankfurt this season, the chance to play regular football under a manager who clearly rates him is sure to appeal to Hector.

And landing the 24-year-old three years on from that unsuccessful attempt would be an early justification of McInnes' decision to leave.

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