Former Rangers player and managerial candidate Derek McInnes is in ‘advanced talks’ to become the new Kilmarnock boss, according to Sky Sports [via the Herald].

McInnes played for the Gers between 1995 and 2000, while he controversially turned down the chance to become Rangers manager four years ago in favour of remaining with Aberdeen.

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His time in the dugout 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.


A return to management now looks to be imminent, though.

Sky Sports reports [via the Herald] that talks between McInnes and Kilmarnock are already at an advanced stage and are set to continue on Tuesday morning.

The Killie post has been vacant since the sacking of Tommy Wright last month.

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The Ayrshire club were relegated from the Premiership last season and are currently fourth in the Championship, but only five points behind leaders Arbroath with a game in hand.

It’s a little surprising that McInnes would be keen to take over a second-tier club, but if he gets it right over the second half of the season, Killie have a real chance of earning promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Prior to his long spell in charge of the Dons, McIness managed St Johnstone and Bristol City.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers player is a free agent after terminating his deal with an overseas club.

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