Who next for Rangers? A look at the managerial options as McInnes opts to stay at Aberdeen
Now that heavy-favourite Derek McInnes has announced his decision to remain at Aberdeen, Rangers' search for a new chief seems to be back to square one.
It has now been over six weeks since Pedro Caixinha left the role and still the Ibrox club are little closer to appointing a successor.
In a statement released on Thursday evening, the club announced that caretaker manager Graeme Murty would lead the team until the end of the year.
So starting with Murty himself, who are the main contenders to succeed Caixinha on a more permanent basis?
Handed the caretaker reigns after Caixinha's sacking but his chances of landing the job on a permanent basis appeared to have been snuffed out when Gers suffered back-to-back defeats against Hamilton and Dundee last month. However, after outsmarting McInnes twice last week, his prospects will have improved greatly. Victory over Ross County on Saturday would see Rangers secure three wins in a row for the first time this year and may be enough to persuade Ibrox chiefs to place their faith in the under-20s coach until the summer at least.
The former Gers boss was overlooked in favour of Caixinha in March but the Light Blues might be forced to think again now. His previous five-year stint in charge at Ibrox spanned 2001 to 2006 and twice saw him guide the Glasgow outfit to dramatic last-day title wins as well as a pair of Scottish Cup triumphs and a hat-trick of League Cup successes. He also became the first manager to lead a Scottish side to the last 16 of the Champions League. However, McLeish admitted reservations about certain aspects of his talks with Rangers earlier this year.
The Rangers board might decide a manager with a proven track record in Scotland is exactly what they need after their disastrous experiment with Caixinha. Wright has led Saints to a Scottish Cup triumph, top-six finishes in each of his four full seasons in charge plus several European adventures after cutting his managerial teeth in the Irish League with Limavady, Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery. After exactly 200 games in charge, the 54-year-old could do little more to earn himself a crack at a major job. The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper has repeatedly proven he can confound major budgetary constraints - something the next Rangers manager will have to do to compete with Celtic.
A former Rangers player, Davies would relish the task of rebuilding the side and has emerged as an early favourite. The former Motherwell boss took Derby to the Premier League and both Preston and Nottingham Forest to the Championship play-offs but has now been out of work for three years because of what he alleges is a smear campaign against him. The 53-year-old claimed he was close to getting the Hearts job recently but the club could not accept his plans for a backroom reshuffle.
Frank de Boer
The former Rangers defender will no doubt have been chastened by his four-match spell in charge of Crystal Palace and be looking for a more stable job than a club with the financial question marks that remain over Ibrox. The Rangers board might also decide to look closer to home but the Dutchman is much more of a known quantity that Caixinha. Capturing De Boer would certainly send out a signal after the embarrassment of missing out on McInnes but it looks unlikely he would go into a squad in need of overhaul at this stage of the season.
The former Real Madrid defender led Middlesbrough to the Premier League during a four year spell in charge. He left by mutual consent in March with the club struggling to stay in the top flight. They would go on to be relegated. Karanka is now fourth favourite for the Gers job, third if you discount McInnes. He has also worked as Jose Mourinho's assistant at the Bernabeu.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
The former Gers star raced up to second favourite for a brief spell last month. His odds have now dropped out but his could be a name that would excite the Rangers support. He is currently in charge of Feyenoord, where he has led the club to an Eredivisie and a KNVB Cup title. Van Bronckhorst played for club between 1998 and 2001, winning back to back doubles before moving to Arsenal, where he won the Premiership title. He then transferred on to Barcelona in 2003 and won two La Liga titles in over 100 appearances for the Spanish giants.
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