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Derek McInnes back as odds-on favourite as Rangers make 'movement' in manager search


Derek McInnes has returned to the odds-on favourite slot as Rangers' search for a new manager finally appears to be making progress.

Caretaker manager Graeme Murty has said that there has been 'movement' in the process, with McInnes set to lead his Aberdeen team to Ibrox for tonight's Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership tie (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Gers have been without a permanent manager since Pedro Caixinha was sacked in late October, with Murty taking temporary charge at Ibrox. Murty initially started promisingly with back-to-back wins over Hearts and Partick Thistle, but successive defeats have since highlighted the need for clarity.

Aberdeen manager McInnes was immediately installed as the favourite when Caixinha left the club but he distanced himself from a switch of clubs last week when he told his club chairman Stewart Milne that he would be going nowhere.

"I'm happy here, I said that all along. This is where I see myself," said McInnes.

Alex McLeish became the new favourite for the role but after he said that he has not had "any contact from anyone at Rangers and it's important the speculation is put to rest" McInnes is back as the bookies favourite with odds on Skybet as low as 1/3.

Murty has stressed the importance of Rangers taking their time to get the decision right.

He said: "I've discussed with Mark Allen and Stuart Robertson (on the Gers board) that this process is ongoing. There has been movement but we're not quite there yet, and I think that to get the next five, six, seven years right, we need to take our time to get this appointment right.

"If we take a little bit more time now, we get the next five years of progress and secure the future of this club at the top of the league, and that's crucial."

Murty added: "We don't want to have the excuse of uncertainty. The players know what is ahead of them and what their task is."

Losses against Hamilton and Dundee have stalled Rangers' progress in recent weeks, with Friday night's 2-1 defeat at Dens Park leaving them fourth in the table ahead of tonight's clash with Aberdeen.

Murty is aware of the need for his group of players to right things on the pitch if they are to ease fans' concerns regarding off-field matters.

"If we had won against Hamilton, which we could and should have done, and got something at Dens Park, the club would be in a better situation," he said. "But it's about performance. The players need to make sure the performance is taken care of because then, with two good results, people are more relaxed and sanguine and it gives the board time.

"We need to give the club a lift on Wednesday and take away further questions of this ilk by making sure that on the pitch things are taken care of. Regardless of if I'm in charge or another manager is in charge, the players and squad will be the same."

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