Derek McInnes’ appointment at no-hopers Kilmarnock in the Championship really does ram home the bullet Rangers avoided with that man.
Yes, we wanted Tommy Wright back in those days, and yes, he ended up at Killie (wrong man wrong club wrong time) doing pretty abominably, but we’re not the ones who do the appointing.
Back then, Rangers’ board 100% picked McInnes to replace Pedro and he mercifully, thankfully, beautifully bottled it at the 11th hour after agreeing terms.
Sure, we weren’t bowled over by getting a youth coach in the end, even if Steven Gerrard’s name was exciting, but these days with Gio we’re in a fantastic place.
And Derek McInnes’ true stock has been revealed with him taking such a lowly gig following months of Sky Sports punditing.
This manager reached his peak with a non-Rangers SPL. In his defence he won the League Cup, so not a total failure, but if ever a manager wasn’t of the calibre for the Famous (and we protested his potential appointment quite aggressively) it was McInnes.
Now he’s found his level in the Championship, while Rangers, 55 later and a superb Dutch manager these days soar high.
Football. It’s a funny old game. Not by Kevin Keegan.