Derek McInnes makes major Rangers job claim as manager hunt goes on
Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images

Derek McInnes makes major Rangers job claim as manager hunt goes on

Former Rangers midfielder Derek McInnes has suggested he’d find it difficult to turn the Ibrox job down again but has given his backing to former teammate Gio van Bronckhorst.

The ex-Aberdeen boss infamously turned down the Ibrox gig in 2018 before Steven Gerrard took the reins and the rest – as they say – is history.

Derek McInnes turned down the opportunity to manage Rangers in 2018. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McInnes, 50, is now without a job after leaving Aberdeen earlier in the year after almost seven years in charge at Pittodrie.

Several newspapers have mentioned McInnes as a potential option in the hunt to replace Steven Gerrard but club insiders are adamant the ex-Gers star isn’t in the running.

Derek McInnes – who spent five years at Rangers as a player between 1995 and 2000 – may well have missed his chance to take charge at Ibrox but that hasn’t stopped him talking up the role.

But as GvB reportedly closes in on a return to Govan, the former Gers midfielder has given his backing to the Dutchman.

Derek McInnes would “love” Rangers opportunity

“Any manager, including myself, would love that kind of opportunity,” said McInnes [Daily Record].

“But, as I write this, others look to be leading the running, most notably my old teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

“I don’t know much about Giovanni as a manager other than to say he did well at Feyenoord before moving to China.

“As a player, he came in as part of the big investment under Dick Advocaat. He immediately settled into the club and was well received by the players.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the clear frontrunner to take over from Steven Gerrard at Ibrox. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

We’ve got a feeling that the Rangers ship has sailed for Derek McInnes and supporters certainly wouldn’t be pacified by the ex-Bristol City boss’ appointment.

Supporter sentiment is certainly all aboard the Gio van Bronckhorst train with a decision expected imminently.

As attention turns to who could form Gio’s potential backroom team, another Dutch legend of Ibrox could be set to join the club.