Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes remains Rangers’ first choice to replace the dismissed Pedro Caixinha, and it’s widely believed the former Gers star has got everything it takes to return the club to the upper reaches of Scottish football.
However, Dons goalkeeping legend Theo Snelders believes the Pittodrie outfit can keep hold of McInnes if they manage to set plans for their new stadium and training ground quickly in motion.
The project has been on hold for years due to delay in council approval, and the lack of up-to-standard and state-of-the-art facilities could force the in-demand manager into leaving.
Rangers are hoping to land McInnes having struggled to regain dominance since dropping into the lower-tiers, but Snelders claims the uncertainty at Ibrox makes managing them a risk.
In the words of the former Gers goalie who played alongside the Dons boss at Glasgow: “I know Derek played for Rangers but sometimes it’s about timing.
“Rangers were in the lower divisions and it was always going to be difficult for them to be challenging in the short term.
“It’s like a house – you need time to build it properly and have a good base, otherwise it will collapse. In football everyone is looking for the quick fix and it doesn’t always work that way.
“It has to be the right place at the right time. Is it the right time? I don’t know. I think he would have to know exactly what the future holds for the club because there has been so much uncertainty.
“Otherwise you can do some good work but lose your job and it’s the next man who will come in and benefit. It might be a decision for Derek but for Aberdeen’s sake, I hope he stays.”
Rangers are taking their time in getting the right man for the job, and with capable hands in Graeme Murty in temporary charge, they mightn’t mind waiting until summer in order to appoint Caixinha’s successor.