One year ago this defining moment changed Rangers course
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One year ago this week Derek McInnes rejected Rangers

From one year ago, there isn’t much Rangers fans can look back at and be cheery about. But when it’s the one year anniversary of Derek McInnes turning down the job, there will certainly be some wry smiles amongst the Bears.

McInnes turned down the job on December 7th 2017, with Rangers in an utter state of disarray.

Caixinha – a man who’s legacy we are still paying for today – had been shown the door. Graeme Murty was steering the ship. McInnes genuinely looked like our only option.

Did Rangers dodge a bullet missing out on Derek McInnes? (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)


But like being in two minds about going out, and then the taxi cancelling and making your mind up for you, we’ve saved ourselves the hangover by default.

Yes, Gerrard is yet to beat the former Gers midfielder and 9IAR star this season. But McInnes has a stubbornness in big matches only matched by his bottle merchantry.

He can’t beat Celtic – unless they’re willing to lose to do us out of a league position – and he can’t qualify for Europe.

In Steven Gerrard, we have a young coach, but a name and a man more befitting the Manager’s job at Ibrox.

McInnes played for Rangers only 52 times over five years. Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport

There is no doubt change is a-swirling in Govan and we’re on our way back to where we belong. At least it’s starting to look that way.

With Derek McInnes at the helm, there just wouldn’t be this energy we have now. Not that he’s a terrible coach.

But this year there will be a title race, provided we can pull the finger out. I doubt McInnes could’ve mustered that in one window.

And you can bet we wouldn’t be sitting one game away from the Europa League last 32.

Was this a bullet dodged?

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