Rangers in no rush to appoint new boss

Rangers are in no rush to appoint a new manager and it is unlikely any announcement will come this week. The club will take its time over the appointment and no candidate has even been approached to open discussions over becoming the club's 16th boss. 

Social media has gone into meltdown over the past few days due to various conflicting press reports which amount to nothing more than idle speculation but after two false starts the Rangers board will take their time to find the right man. 

It is clear that agents are using Rangers to raise the profile of certain managers - or in some cases remind people they are still alive. We've had various names being presented as serious contenders including Billy Davies, Stuart McCall, Alan Pardew, Michel Preud'homme and most recently Steve McLaren and Derek McInnes.

Whilst some links are more realistic than others, there is no preferred candidate, there is no compensation agreement with any club and every single 'in-the-know' post you might have seen on social media, that states with any confidence who the next manager will be, is total speculation.

Last weekend Jim Delahunt, who may still be considered by some to be a journalist, claimed McInnes would be appointed last Wednesday. He simply made it up. 

Last Thursday, on BBC Sportsound, Chris McLaughlin claimed that McInnes would be appointed this week. He also painted a picture of him being a preferred choice within Ibrox. That report was nothing more than guesswork. McLaughlin doesn't have the first clue what is happening inside Ibrox.

On Sunday, the Sun published two articles on the subject. One stated that Derek McInnes would become the Rangers manager this week. The other stated that McInnes had turned Rangers down and that Steve McLaren had been approached. Even on the pages of the same publication, on the same day, there are completely conflicting guesses being made. And guesses are precisely what they are.

McInnes will be in the mix but he is by no means a preferred candidate at this stage and the process of identifying applicants who have the characteristics, experience and temperament required to take the job is still ongoing. That process will be led by Director of Football, Mark Allen and will be overseen by other key figures within the club. 

Stories claiming that finances are a problem in bringing McInnes to Ibrox are completely false. Stories claiming he has turned the job down are completely false, simply because it has not been offered to him. Stories claiming he will become manager this week are pure guesswork. We unfortunately live in an environment in Scotland where all sorts of unsourced, false claims make their way into once respected newspapers and broadcasts on a regular basis. 

With the international break underway and Graeme Murty once again proving what a fantastic asset he is to Rangers, there is no announcement imminent and it is extremely unlikely that one will come this week. It is also entirely possible that Murty will stay in charge for another one or two games before any decision is taken, although that depends on progress during the break. 

Stories on McInnes in particular appear to be finding their way into the press almost daily. Several journalists are pushing him hard as their preferred candidate due to personal preference and the prospect of a renewed insight into events at the club if he gets the job. It may also be that McInnes is talking up the move himself in the background, having been extremely keen on the job before Pedro Caixinha was appointed. The reality is that McInnes will be just one of many names considered. It is also unlikely any candidate is going to help their case by running to the press. 

As always on this site we will try to cut through the bullshit and bring you information when there is anything of substance to report. What we won't do is make up stories or present uninformed speculation as fact just for hits. It is entirely understandable that Rangers supporters are anxious for news of what will be a crucial appointment for our club but for their own sanity they would do well to try to ignore the clickbait on offer elsewhere.