Rangers: Derek McInnes would take Ibrox job, says Kris Boyd

Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes has overseen more than 450 games as a manager

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd believes Derek McInnes would take the Ibrox job if the Glasgow club moved for the Aberdeen manager.

Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha in October and former Ibrox midfielder McInnes, 46, has been heavily linked.

"If Aberdeen agree compensation with Rangers, Derek McInnes will be the manager of Rangers Football Club," said 34-year-old Kilmarnock player Boyd.

"Everybody's got a price on them, everybody," added the ex-Scotland man.

Sunderland agreed compensation with Aberdeen for McInnes during the summer but he ultimately stayed at Pittodrie.

"He won't come cheap, we know that," Boyd said of McInnes. "It was the exact same with Sunderland."

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Kris Boyd says Derek McInnes needs to get out of Aberdeen

Former Hearts and Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart says the length of time Rangers have taken over appointing a manager and the rebuilding job required at Ibrox would give McInnes pause for thought.

"I think that, if under different circumstances, Derek McInnes would want the Rangers job," Stewart said. "He may well still want the Rangers job but it is not as cut and dry as many have made out.

"I don't think it's 100% [the case that] compensation's agreed and Derek McInnes is definitely taking the job because there is huge restructuring needing to be done at Rangers and are the finances there to do that?"

Kris Boyd and Ross McCrorie challenge for a header during Kilmarnock's draw with Rangers
Boyd (left) played in Kilmarnock's 1-1 draw at Ibrox that proved to be Caixinha's last game in charge of Rangers

But Boyd countered on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound: "As a manager, you're always going to back yourself as the man to turn it round.

"Derek has probably taken Aberdeen as far as he can possibly go. There's no doubt he needs to get out of Aberdeen one way or another.

"Derek is now in a position where he can't compete with the likes of Northampton and MK Dons to keep players there. How can he improve?

"He's already lost [Niall] McGinn, he's lost [Jonny] Hayes."

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