Showing posts with label Derek McInnes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Derek McInnes. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

SPL manager - "We won't sell to rivals, except Celtic"

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has amusingly confirmed he will not sell Kenny McLean to Rangers as he would not want to ‘sell to a rival’, coming just weeks after he sold Jonny Hayes to Celtic.

Rangers have been linked with the Scotland international for some considerable time, and Aberdeen have stood firm with their claim he is not for sale, but following Aberdeen selling to a rival in Celtic with the Irish winger, McInnes has done a ‘Hibs’ and claimed he does not sell to rivals.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Aberdeen: "We won't sell Kenny"

Reports have broken tonight that Aberdeen have given manager Derek McInnes assurances that Rangers target Kenny McLean will not be sold this window.

The Aberdeen boss has already lost star captain Ryan Jack to Pedro Caixinha, and following the Graham Dorrans saga Rangers made a move for Aberdeen’s creative midfield star, but the Dons rejected Rangers’ initial reported £500K bid for his services.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Investing in the Rangers

Bookmakers have released odds for the 2017-18 season and Celtic have been made 1/10 favourites to win another title. Rangers are second favourites, but Pedro Caixinha’s men are not being given much of a chance by the bookies after finishing more than 30 points behind Celtic this season.

A Sports Interaction review and a trawl through various sites shows Rangers are trading at around 8/1 to win next season’s Premiership. Unless the club seriously improves its transfer business in the summer there will be few takers. At least Rangers are ahead of Aberdeen in the betting. Manager Derek McInnes has been laying into Rangers for finishing below his team this season, saying it’s embarrassing given the financial clout the club has.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Pedro makes worrying admission

When a new manager comes in, there is often a period of adjustment – from formations, to selections, to how the press are handled. Fans equally have to adjust to the new way of doing things, given how locked they previously were into the last manager’s methods.

There is often a honeymoon spell, where the new boss ekes out extra from his new squad of (usually) underachievers and fans often poke fun at the ex manager pointing out how the new one is getting so much more from the same players.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Silence of the Sheep

Few could deny Pedro Caixinha’s start to life in Scotland has not been the smoothest. Despite that convincing dispatch of Hamilton on his debut, the Portuguese’s methods since then have come under the spotlight, as did his underwhelming subsequent two matches; first that mediocre draw against Steve Robinson’s Motherwell, before an even more average loss of two points at Jig’s Killie.

Coupled with revealing his team selection for Rugby Park 36 hours early, to explaining his actual tactical methods in detail during press conferences and club videos, to borderline accidently insulting Kenny Miller as an old man whose best years are behind him; Pedro has not had it easy of late, drawing scorn from most.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Will Alex McLeish be a success at Ibrox?

The potential appointment of Alex McLeish has thrown up some debate among Rangers fans, with a significant portion expressing major reservations that he is the right man to bring the Ibrox side out of their current malaise back into something resembling the proper SPL Rangers we expect them to be.

Indeed, in yesterday’s piece, the argument was made that overnight success as a result of his appointment is extremely unlikely, and as such the man deserves a little leeway, itself a rare commodity with Rangers supporters.

But why will McLeish be successful this time, in a wildly different Rangers climate to that of nearly two decades ago (count ‘em), especially in light of the near-certain absence of financial backing that would assist his endeavours a great deal?

Monday, 21 September 2015

Rangers installed as SPL title favourite for next season

Ladbrokes (the SPFL’s main sponsor) are now offering a tempting 7/1 for Rangers to win next season’s SPL at the first time of asking.

Joint second favourites with Aberdeen, and naturally Celtic being favourites (1/4), the price is a very enticing punt for those who believe Mark Warburton’s men are capable of not only challenging at the very top of the SPL next season, but outright winning the Premier League title at the first time of asking following promotion.

Friday, 12 June 2015

David Weir drops big hint about Rangers job

David Weir has today dropped a big hint that he is imminently to be appointed Rangers assistant with Mark Warburton the manager.

A source bumped into the former Ibrox defender in Cardiff at tonight’s Wales Belgium match, and asked if Weir would indeed be taking up the Ibrox assistant position with Warburton his superior, and Weir, unable to confirm this ‘on record’, instead gave “a nod and a smile” in acknowledgement.

Rangers' management saga set to go on

Rangers have today cast doubt on when a new manager will actually be appointed by admitting ‘hope’ rather than ‘expectation’ on the announcement being within the seven-day window Dave King expressed on Monday.

Speaking at the Club’s EGM, chair in King’s absence Paul Murray could only say:

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Warburton denies any contact with Fulham

Rangers managerial target Mark Warburton has today confirmed he has not spoken to Fulham about the position at Craven Cottage, dismissing the speculation that he has as ‘disrespectful’.

The 52-year old is expected to be announced Rangers manager in the next seven days, but the delay has muddied the waters considerably as have these recent reports linking him with a move across London to the Championship outfit.

Warburton frustration over delay; McInnes murmurs

While Mark Warburton remains the odds-on favourite for the Rangers job with his odds in fact shrinking further to 1/12, there are increasing murmurs within Scottish football circles that Derek McInnes has emerged as a very dark horse indeed, and that the delay on the management announcement is due to negotiations with Aberdeen over compensation.

McInnes, who had two years to run on his existing contract before Aberdeen reportedly offered him a further extension, had been around 6/1 consistently but has seen those odds reduce to 11/2 in recent days from some outlets, with growing rumours over those aforementioned negotiations.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Rangers fans confirm who they want as manager

Yesterday ran a poll to investigate who Rangers fans want as their new manager. With chairman Dave King confirming the announcement of the new man will not be for a week or so, supporters voted in their near-thousands here yesterday to choose between Mark Warburton, Ian Cathro, Stuart McCall, Billy Davies, Vitor Pereira, Alex McLeish and Derek McInnes.

To say there was an overwhelming winner would be the understatement of the year, so, without further ado, here are your results (at the time of writing):

Monday, 8 June 2015

Bookies suspend betting on Warburton - announcement imminent

Mark Warburton has become overwhelming odds-on favourite to become Rangers’ new manager after odds were slashed to 10/1 overnight before a number of bookmakers suspended betting entirely.

With chairman Dave King set to outline his plans for taking the Club forward, murmurs of a surprise announcement of Warburton’s appointment today have begun, with the other front-runners Derek McInnes and Vitor Pereira fading dramatically in the past few others.

The three favourites for the Rangers job

The odds for Vitor Pereira & Derek McInnes have dramatically dropped and the current Olympiakos boss has become joint second favourite to take the helm at Ibrox with the Aberdeen boss. While they are still 6/1 behind odds-on favourite Mark Warburton 1/6 the emergence of the Primeira Liga & Scottish League Cup winners in recent times plants them firmly in the race to seize the biggest task in Scottish football.

Alex McLeish, Stuart McCall, and Ian Cathro have fallen away despite media reports strongly linking them to the job, and it really does now look like the position is a three-way battle between Warburton, Pereira and McInnes.

Warburton is technically a free agent, after leaving Brentford over transfer disagreements, but Pereira and McInnes remain contracted to Olympiakos and Aberdeen respectively, while Pereira faces being fired over speculated talks with Rangers over the Ibrox position.

His bosses were unkeen on these reports, and Portuguese media claim he is about to lose his position, making his appointment inexpensive – this probably propels Warburton and Pereira to the front of the queue due to the compensation Rangers would have to pay Aberdeen.

But ultimately it truly does make Warburton justifiably odds-on as he is the only free agent as of now.

Rangers' fans' poll: who do you want as Rangers manager?

With it firmly established now the front-runners for the Rangers job are ex-Brentford chief Mark Warburton, current Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and Olympiakos coach Vitor Pereira, would like to assess fan opinion over who you want to see take up the mantle.

Who do Rangers supporters want as the next manager? You will see the poll includes those names who appear to have faded a little in terms of probability, but nevertheless this gives Rangers fans the chance to have their voices heard, and maybe the board might just hear them.

New signings on hold till manager confirmed

With chairman Dave King finally back in the UK (he jetted in on Saturday) the critical process of appointing a new manager has approached the business end, and Rangers have put player signatures on hold until that manager is installed.

It has been well established on in recent days that the favourite is still Mark Warburton, but with a speculative shortlist backing him up of Ian Cathro, Vitor Pereira, Stuart McCall, Derek McInnes and Billy Davies.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Cathro enters talks with Rangers?

Reports today claim Rangers managerial target Ian Cathro held talks last week with representatives from Ibrox.

The Valencia assistant coach has been optimistically linked with Rangers for some time now, with a view to fitting the ‘young head coach’ philosophy Dave King has preached, but it was conceived his near future at least was stamped to the Mestalla given Valencia’s qualification for the Champions League qualifying fourth round.