Former Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins reckons the club have to banish the idea of looking overseas in their search for a new manager and instead appoint “an ex-Ranger” that knows what the club is about.
The Ibrox hierarchy have been on the search for a new manager since Pedro Caixinha was sacked last month, with Graeme Murty currently in charge on an interim basis.
And while Derek McInnes is still understood to be the favourite to replace the Portuguese, doubts are beginning to creep in as there has been little movement over the international break.
Outsiders for the job include ex-Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, Michel Preud’homme and Steve McClaren… however, Wilkins wants the board to look closer to home.
Speaking alongside Charlie Adam on TalkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports breakfast, Wilkins called the club a “global institution”:
“I’ve got to say, being an ex-Ranger, I was very proud to play for the Rangers… it has to be an ex-Ranger that takes over, that knows what the club is all about.
“I don’t know why we are looking offshore, when we have these guys just waiting in the wings to take over.”
Wilkins spent two years as a Rangers player and won a league title and the Scottish Cup before returning down south to finish his career.
The 61-year-old added, “It has to be an ex-Ranger that knows what it’s all about, knows what the supporters require, as it does with Celtic as well.
“These clubs are institutions, they are global institutions… and Rangers need a Rangers man at the helm.”
Is Wilkins right to insist the club must look toward a familiar face with their next appointment?