2 Derek McInnes Alternatives Rangers Could Consider
As Graeme Murty’s caretaker spell as Rangers manager continues to fluctuate from downright awful to brilliantly sublime, the club are still courting rivals Aberdeen’s highly sought after manager Derek McInnes.
McInnes has shown in the past that he is no easy target, and neither are his club, so regardless of how strongly the Gers fancy him, there is no guarantee they’ll get their man.
The powers that be in Govan need to keep a close eye on the rest of their shortlist; not that any of us really know who’s on it. Here we look at two viable alternatives to McInnes (not including Murty), who may very well be able to take Rangers forward.
Alex Neil (Preston North End)
Neil’s first managerial job started as recently as 2013 at Hamilton Academical and such was his success in the role that he was scouted by Norwich City in England where he managed the club in the Premier League.
The Canaries were relegated and his time in the Championship was not successful either, leading to his removal from the role, though Norwich have shown since then that their failures were about a lot more than the manager and in fact, he may have made no negative impact on them whatsoever.
He is now in charge at Preston North End and though their limited squad has wobbled somewhat, Neil has started impressively again and is showing he at least belongs at that level.
He would handle the pressure of the Rangers job no problem, is well capable at Scottish Premiership level and the most important thing is to remember that he is naturally getting better at the job with every passing month.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord)
Having played over 70 league games during a successful time for the club, Gio is well versed in all matters at Rangers and considers himself a bluenose.
He is a rare breed; a very classy player who is turning into a very good manager, and he has done it the right way by climbing the ladder slowly and by learning his trade.
Van Bronckhorst started his managerial career as the assistant to Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord and in 2015, he finally took over as the first-team manager. He won the cup in his first season and the Eredivisie title in his second, his club’s upward curve mirroring his own personal improvement as a coach.
These days, Rangers is not an immediate step up from Feyenoord. However, it’s another club he loves and the thought of being the man to close the gap to stop Celtic’s domination and lead Rangers to a European run would surely be a temptation.