Ex-Rangers midfielder Derek McInnes is set to miss out on the Hibs manager job with the Edinburgh club closing in on Nick Montgomery.
According to the Scotsman, the current Central Coast Mariners manager is the Easter Road side’s top choice on a shortlist of five as of yet unconfirmed options.
The report claims that whilst Neil Lennon is not one of the candidates, the other four managers being spoken to by Hibs remains “undisclosed”.
Currently in charge of Kilmarnock, Derek McInnes swatted away links to the Hibs manager’s job last week with Nick Montgomery now the favourite to take the gig.
Ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton was also named as a potential candidate following the sacking of Lee Johnson but it appears Hibs are to look at the A-League.
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Hibs-linked Derek McInnes tipped for Rangers job
Having played for Rangers between 1995 and 2000 as a footballer, Derek McInnes has been a thorn in the club’s side ever since moving into management.
Firstly at Aberdeen, where the manager put up frustrating resistance to the Ibrox side’s climb back to the top of the Scottish Premiership.
And now at Kilmarnock, where an opening day victory over Michael Beale’s side has heaped the pressure on the Rangers manager even at this early stage of the season.
Whilst a move to Hibs now appears off the table for Derek McInnes, the ex-Rangers midfielder was being linked with the Ibrox job only a few weeks ago.
Famously turning the role down in 2018, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has tipped Del to one day take the reigns at Ibrox.
“I like Derek a lot. He’s a good football man who is honest and wants to develop players,” said Rodgers.
“There’s no doubt that he’s good enough to manage a top club again. He’s good with players and he knows what he wants.
“He was very close to getting the Rangers job a few years ago and why couldn’t he manage Rangers?
“He’s a former player there, a very good player, who was part of a successful era for the club. So there’s no doubt that could be one for him in the future. Because he’s an outstanding manager.”