Speaking on BT Sport ahead of last night’s Champions League group match between Celtic and Bayern Munich, Sutton hinted that the Ibrox side were close to getting their man.
Sutton said: “I’m hearing that Rangers have the money and, look, [McInnes] would be the sensible option. He knows Scottish football inside out, he knows Rangers inside out and I think he’s done a terrific job at Aberdeen.
“I think he wants the job as well.”
Pressed by Darrell Currie into clarifying his comments, Sutton added: “I’m saying it will be Derek McInnes.
Asked by his former Celtic team-mate and fellow pundit Henrik Larsson if it was the right move for McInnes, Sutton countered: “When is the right time for a guy to go in at Rangers?
“Rangers have been in decline under the last manager, and it was a job where he had a real opportunity and Pedro Caixinha had to go. Rangers have to look forward.
“Derek McInnes has done a terrific job at Aberdeen and I think the time is right for him to move. It’s a good job to take because anybody who can go in has the chance of improving Rangers.”
McInnes said after he turned down a move to Sunderland and signed a new three-year deal with the Dons that it would take ‘something special’ to entice him away from Pittodrie.
it was suggested earlier this week that Rangers would have to fork out £1.5 million in compensation to land the former Ibrox midfielder.