Pundit suggests bookmakers' favourite may not be right for Ibrox job, tells Rangers to broaden horizons

Kris Commons of Celtic is challenged by Paul Dixon of Dundee United during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee United FC at Tannadice Park on January 15,...

Rangers are searching for a new manager after sacking Pedro Caixinha.

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.

Pundit Kris Commons has told the Daily Mail that he thinks there may be better candidates out there than Derek McInnes as Rangers seek a new manager.

The Gers sacked manager Pedro Caixinha last month, bringing his stint as Ibrox boss to an end after just seven months in the job, having only replaced Mark Warburton in March.

Graeme Murty has got off to a strong start with two wins from two games, but the Gers may be looking for an external appointment given Murty's lack of experience.

Whilst a host of managers have been touted for the position, the bookmakers favourite remains Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, with Sky Bet having him down as 1/3 for the job.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

McInnes, 46, has impressed as Aberdeen boss since landing the job in April 2013, and has three consecutive second-placed finishes to his name having attempted to chase down Celtic at the top of the table.

A former Rangers midfielder, McInnes has been heavily touted for a return to Ibrox, though fans remain split over whether he is truly the right man for the job.

Now, pundit Kris Commons has told the Daily Mail that whilst McInnes is the obvious favourite, he isn't sure that he is the right man for the job given the increase in funds and expectations from Aberdeen to Rangers.

Commons added that Rangers need to find their own version of Brendan Rodgers, an almost too-good-to-be-true coup to really take the club forward, urging the Gers to broaden their horizons – despite Caixinha's failure.

Kris Commons of Celtic is challenged by Paul Dixon of Dundee United during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee United FC at Tannadice Park on January 15,...

“I know some will argue that if Rangers really wanted Derek McInnes then they would have already appointed him. I'm not sure it's that simple,” said Commons. “If the Ibrox board are actively speaking to people, looking at all the candidates and really going into the ins and outs before deciding upon their man, then you have to say they are doing it the right way. It's too important to be rushed. I said previously that Rangers need to broaden their horizons. Yes, Derek is an obvious candidate and would likely make a fantastic appointment. But the board should also be looking at foreign managers and the full spectrum of available options. Just because Pedro was completely wrong, those possibilities can't be closed off.”

“Looking from the outside, it seems some Rangers fans have mixed emotions about Derek. When Celtic were linked with Brendan Rodgers, it almost felt like too much of a coup. People didn't believe that he would come to Scottish football. They were jumping off their sofas when they found out it was true. Can Rangers snare a name that has the same effect? Someone to really galvanise and unify the club going forward? I'm not sure there is anyone out there just now, but that doesn't mean they should call off the search without exhausting every avenue.”

“Derek is rightly the bookmakers' favourite because of the marvellous work he has done at Aberdeen. And I think this would be his dream job. But does he immediately tick every single box for the Ibrox directors? Maybe not. One of the challenges Rangers face is finding a manager who is going to get the best out of not only the British players, but the foreigners as well. At Aberdeen, it has been very much about players from the UK and Ireland. There is also a point about the area of the transfer market Rangers want to operate in. If they are looking for players to take them to the next level, then it will likely be a case of spending £2million or more on a target. I'm not sure Derek has ever been in a position to spend that kind of money previously. Neither will he have dealt with players who are earning some of the salaries being paid at Rangers. That needs careful handling. Especially when those getting the big money aren't pulling their weight.

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