Former Rangers player and managerial candidate Derek McInnes has been confirmed as the new manager of Championship club Kilmarnock.

McInnes played for the Gers between 1995 and 2000, and controversially turned down the chance to become Rangers manager four years ago to remain at Aberdeen.

Rangers manager club Derek McInnes Kilmarnock
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His time at Pittodrie ended in March 2021, with the 50-year-old leaving by mutual consent after almost eight years at the helm.

Since then, he’s been working as a pundit for the likes of the BBC, BT Sport and Premier Sports, often on coverage of Rangers matches.

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Ex-Rangers player confirmed as new Kilmarnock manager

However, it was confirmed on Tuesday evening that he has now returned to management, taking the reins at Rugby Park.

“I’m delighted to be here and I’m well aware of the potential of the club having played and managed against Kilmarnock over the years,” said McInnes [Kilmarnockfc.co.uk].

“I remember the Tommy Burns era and more recently Steve Clarke bringing good success and consistency.

“I know the backing from the fans can make this club special so for me it is a great opportunity.”

McInnes’ initial contract will run until the summer of 2023 and his first game in charge is on Saturday afternoon away to Queen of the South.

Killie are currently fourth in the Championship table but are only five points behind leaders Arbroath with a game in hand, so McInnes will no doubt fancy his chances of guiding them to promotion back to the top flight.

Meanwhile, a Rangers winger is reportedly due to undergo a medical at an English club today.

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