5 Men Who Could Replace Caixinha At Rangers

 • by James Nalton
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Six games after Pedro Caixinha was removed from his post as boss at Rangers, the Glasgow giants are still looking for their next permanent manager.

Derek McInnes has long been the club and the bookies favourite to arrive at Ibrox, but after Aberdeen rejected their approach the 46-year-old, there are doubts they will be able to land their first-choice.

On Wednesday, it was reported by Sky Sports that McInnes was absent from the Dons training session. This could be a step towards forcing his employer to change their stance.

However, if the Gers are unable to land McInnes, here are five alternatives for the full-time role at Ibrox.

Graeme Murty

“I will be sad. It will be hard looking at the team because it won’t be mine, so to speak,” said Murty when asked about handing the reigns at Ibrox to a new manager. “But I will be proud of what I’ve done, when I look back on it.

“The hard bit for me will be making sure I give this level of detail and this level of focus to the young players I’m going back to work with. To do anything other than that would be a disservice to them”

Since taking over following the 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock, the interim boss has been in charge for six Scottish Premiership fixtures, winning four and losing twice.

Beating Aberdeen home and away in the last two games would surely put him in the running, especially when you’ve dispatched the man who is favourite to take your place.

Kenny Miller

One of the surprising frontrunners to become the next Rangers manager is their current striker Miller, who recently returned to the side after Caixinha had dropped him.

He went from a regular starter up front to being out of the squad completely, and had even been dropped to the under-20s side. This suggested that the internal tensions between manager and player were seen as a threat to Caixinha’s control of the dressing room.

Caixinha had previously made suggestions that the home grown players, including Miller, didn’t make him, his staff, and the foreign contingent at the club feel welcome – an accusation which didn’t go down well.

Replacing the Portuguese with the Scotsman would be a big statement by the club, but might make sense.

Billy Davies

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Although it is believed Rangers don’t consider him an option, Davies is still a contender take the job, and has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2014.

Since that time he has been attempting to rebuild his reputation after a number of accusations were levelled at him on leaving Forest, and prevented him from going for the Rangers job back in December of that year.

“I love football, I miss football. But three years ago I spoke with a very respected legal individual who, back at the beginning of all this, told me categorically: ‘Billy, you cannot go back into football until you clear this up,’” he told The Times in September.

“In December 2014 some people were touting me for the Rangers job. So what they did was, they hit the Rangers fans’ forums, and they wrote nasty things about me there.

“My agent was told by a Rangers board member that the reason why Rangers did not come and get me, was because of these accusations.”

Now many of these issues, while still unresolved, are more under control, the Glasgow born manager may now be ready to return to work.

Slaven Bilic

It may have been seven years ago, but when a highly regarded manager mentions either of the Glasgow clubs, people sit up and listen.

“To manage one of the Old Firm would be a big honour and a big responsibility. It means a lot to so many people there,” said the Croatian boss when he was linked with the vacant job at Celtic.

“They’re institutions. They’re a way of living, they’re a religion. They’re not clubs, they’re much, much more than that. It’s not just football, it’s everything. It’s your life. If I had an invite from Celtic or Rangers to go for an interview I would walk to Glasgow.”

Relieved of his duties at West Ham United and replaced by David Moyes, the 49-year-old will be looking for a new challenge, a project where he can rebuild his reputation, Rangers would be perfect and the Ibrox fans would love his passion and intensity.

Alex McLeish

McLeish has been linked with a return to the helm at the Scottish national team, whom he left back in 2007 to mange Birmingham City, but a return to Rangers could also be a possibility for the manager who won two league titles and two Scottish Cups for them between 2001 and 2006.

“They know where I am,” McLeish told Radio 5 live when asked if he had applied for the Rangers job.

“It’s a huge club and they’re not in a good situation and haven’t been for a few years now,” added McLeish.

“But they’re back in the Premiership which first and foremost they have to start winning. They are a unique team along with Celtic.”

Originally, McLeish was touted as a short-term solution at Ibrox, but with Murty doing a good job since Caixinha was let go, the Gers would likely be focusing on their long-term plans.

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