Rangers are back to the drawing board after Derek McInnes rejected them
They have spent six weeks trying to replace former manager Pedro Caixinha
They shouldn't be criticised for waiting to make the right decision this time
Published: 19:57 EST, 10 December 2017 | Updated: 19:57 EST, 10 December 2017>
So, after being rejected by Derek McInnes the Rangers directors are now having to go back to the drawing board. Frankly, I'm not sure there even is a drawing board.
It's a blank piece of paper. Where on earth do they go now?
It is absolutely remarkable that here we have a Rangers supporter, an ex-player, a guy for whom it should be his dream job to take over and do the unthinkable and win the league. He was in the palm of their hands and they haven't got him.
Derek McInnes rejected Rangers after they approached him to be their new manager
The fact he hasn't gone has left a lot of people scratching their heads. I honestly thought it was a done deal.
I always find it strange that directors make a rash decision like sacking a manager and don't have anything certain in place.
If the Rangers directors realised Pedro Caixinha wasn't the right man, they had to quickly identify who his successor was behind the scenes before they showed him the door.
They've obviously taken their time. They've looked at foreign managers and British managers to try and get the right man at the end of the process. They' ve also needed to get the funds in place for the compensation.
In fairness, I don't think they can be criticised for taking their time and trying to get it right because I don't think they could have afforded to get this one wrong again.
But McInnes seemed to tick all the boxes from the outset. He knows Scottish football, he's a Rangers man who knows the club. He's got a good record at Aberdeen. It seemed obvious to most of us.
Yet they've spent six weeks trying to find the right man only to discover he doesn't want it.
It's inexcusable. They've had plenty of time to nail down the right manager. And by confirming that Graeme Murty is in charge until the end of the year at least, it's obvious that there has been no Plan B.
The situation has been compounded by the statement the club released after the news broke on Thursday.
It's an embarrassing reaction which tried to undermine everything Derek McInnes has achieved.
Primarily, it questioned if he'd the guts to come in and take the club forward. It took a pop at his ambition and drive. I thought it was very unprofessional and lacked class.
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And I don't think that's just coming from myself or any Celtic fans. I saw a lot of Rangers fans on social media saying they thought it was pathetic.
McInnes didn't even have a conversation with Rangers. He was told there was a chance of it happening so he spent time with his family and in the end he chose not to take it further.
Any manager going in there at the minute has got one job to do and that's to stop the 10-in-a-row.
I just don't think they are in a financial position to do that right now. The squad isn't good enough. It's going to take a lot of investment and a very confident manager to even get close.
To try and win a title in these next three years is going to be extremely difficult with the squad and the budget they have. Celtic are miles ahead. That' s huge pressure.
You can't blame McInnes for feeling his reputation would have been damaged by doing a job that's close to impossible, if that's what he felt.
For Rangers to come out and criticise him to for turning them down was extraordinary.
Remember that it took them six weeks to approach him in the first place. Perhaps he didn't feel wanted enough.
By not doing that, it made for a long, drawn out process and a really bad situation for him with all the media speculation.
It's clearly had an effect on his mind-set as he didn't want all this attention.
It makes you wonder if they'd made the approach right at the beginning, if he'd have taken it anyway.
People will inevitably ask what was so wrong with Rangers but I believe it was more to do with the Aberdeen side of things. He's built a really good reputation there and it seems he's got unfinished business.
There are a lot of people who respect what he's done and he didn't want to walk away from all that. He's built a lot of bridges up there. It would have left a real sour taste if he'd left.
Aberdeen fans were almost resigned to him going and that would have made for a hostile reception when he returned. They'll be delighted he's staying.
It will be interesting to see the impact on Aberdeen. He's backed the club. If they back him financially, they'd have a great chance of finishing second again.
Tiredness Affecting Celts
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are dropping points due to a relentless playing schedule
Anyone looking for a reason behind Celtic dropping points when they appeared to be coasting to victory at Easter Road needs to look no further than the relentless schedule.
Towards the end yesterday, you could see the international boys like Mikael Lustig, Jozo Simunovic and Kieran Tierney tiring.
It's getting to the stage where these player are probably desperate to get their feet up in Dubai, relax and do some light training.
These are lads who played pretty much every game last year plus the internationals and are trying to keep this unbeaten run going. They are down to their last reserves in terms of fitness levels.
In the final 20 minutes, it wasn't the in-control Celtic we are used to seeing.
For the first 70 minutes, it was probably as comfortable as Celtic have been. They'd possession, were creating chances but were wasteful in front of goal. It took a goal from Scott Sinclair to get them going. Then tiredness took its toll.
Defensively, there were some real frailties. It was simple stuff – the kind of things you don't usually see from Celtic. They normally score goals, keep the ball and shut up shop.
They were very erratic. It turned into a game of basketball because they invited pressure on themselves. They made unnecessary passes and by the end were there for the taking.
That's not Brendan Rodgers' way. You could see he wasn't happy after the game.
Does this mean will we have a title race on our hands? I'm not so sure.
The chasing pack still have to win at difficult places. I just don't think they can keep winning to the extent they'll need to make it interesting.
Archibald can't catch a break but players must step up, too
Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald saw his side lose 5-1 against Kilmarnock on Saturday
When you are bottom of the league and have just lost 5-1, as a manager, it's hard not to feel some kind of outside pressure. It's a results based business.
And if you aren't getting results, it could cost you your job.
I spoke with Alan Archibald a couple of weeks ago and he said he'd a great relationship with the Partick Thistle board. He's highly respected within the club. That must count for something.
I watched them against Hibs last week and thought they were unfortunate not to get something out of the game. An own goal cost them in the end.
But they were probably the best footballing side I've seen in the bottom six.
They try and get it down well. They try and play the right way.
They're just having a bit of bad luck in terms of goals conceded and also aren' t firing on all cylinders at the other end.
Sometimes when you get a team that's overachieved last season by finishing in the top six, that can add pressure onto you in terms of replicating it.
The trouble is you are looking at the fixtures and wondering where the next win is coming from. They aren't producing it home or away.
You can prepare players to the best of your ability but if they cross the white line and aren't producing what they should be, there's only so much you can do.
The players owe Archibald something now.
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