Rangers’ managerial hunt has taken its 23rd (and counting) twist today with ex-Middlesbrough chief Aitor Karanka becoming second favourite while outstanding favourite Derek McInnes has now shorted to 1/8, which are the Aberdeen boss’s strongest odds since the race began.
To give some sort of sense of how the past 12 hours have affected the saga, Karanka’s odds are miles off McInnes, with 7/1 against the Real Madrid ex-assistant being named new boss, while the revelations over the alleged approach to McInnes has given him the biggest boost yet.
It is the first real clinical sign that Derek McInnes will be the new manager, if we add chairman Dave King’s comments that Rangers are essentially looking at a thin pool of in-work managers, which more or less narrows it down to McInnes, St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright and possibly Motherwell’s Steve Robinson.
Both of the latter two are way longer, with Wright at 22/1 and Robinson barely even worth mentioning, which means unless there is a stunning shock on the cards, tomorrow’s clash in Aberdeen could well be the last time Derek McInnes manages in the home dressing room for that fixture at Pittodrie.
Question is, is this an appointment fans are happy with, should it transpire?