With tonight’s borderline comical news that Aberdeen formally rejected Rangers request for permission to speak to Derek McInnes, it must be said Rangers’ managerial search has hit farce territory.
The overriding sense of ludicrousness is why Rangers’ board waited six weeks to request talks with the number one target, only to then be dismissed out of hand by his employers.
Quite honestly, the managerial hunt following Mark Warburton’s departure was an absolute shambles, and somehow the board has managed to sink to new depths with an even more incompetent one since Caixinha was fired.
To wait a month and a half for a no was an absolute waste of time, and unless Rangers are prepared to ‘pay’ £800,000 for the right to speak to McInnes, should that claim be true, then the club have wasted yet more time this proud institution does not have.
They have now formally confirmed Derek McInnes is indeed their first choice, and sources close to the board told the site yesterday that a number one had been absolutely identified and would hopefully be wrapped up inside days.
Aberdeen’s rejection confirms that first choice to be McInnes, which now removes all doubt over the vision the board has for the club.
Regardless of whether or not the ex-St Johnstone chief is the right choice, Rangers have shown their hand and been frankly humiliated by a lesser club who have, like Hibs, told them where to go.
It is not a good state of affairs at all, and yours truly and many others are truly worried for the future of Rangers under this increasingly incompetent board.