Speaking to Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard show, Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has made clear he sees Derek McInnes as integral to the Dons’ future but admitted he wouldn’t dismiss a Rangers approach without speaking to his manager first.
With the new Rangers manager saga rolling on and on, one of the names consistently linked with the vacant Ibrox post is Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. That’s probably because he’s made the Dons comfortably the second force in Scotland over the last few years and also happened to play for Rangers back in the 1990s.
However, Aberdeen chief Stewart Milne is hoping that McInnes sticks around at Pittodrie for a while.
Speaking to Clyde 1, Milne said:
Obviously we would have to discuss it with Derek but we certainly wouldn’t give any encouragement for Rangers to be speaking to Derek. I have said on many occasions that Derek is an integral part of everything we have set out to do at this football club. When Derek took on the job he didn’t want to just come here and deliver one trophy. He knew it meant a commitment for a substantial period of time. He is on the same page as the rest of us at the club.
With Pedro Caixinha’s move to Rangers reported to be no closer to happening as of this morning, perhaps looking closer to home may be a positive step in resolving the lack of leadership at Ibrox.
While it’s true Derek McInnes is enjoying at excellent spell at Aberdeen, there’s an argument to say he’s taken the club about as far as it can go in terms of achievement. Rangers on the other hand are at a low ebb and have the potential to make great strides both as a club and a football team.
Aberdeen would theoretically like to be winning domestic trophies and challenging for the Scottish Premiership title but realistically that may not be possible year upon year given their budget and resources.
Moving to Ibrox could be seen as a risk too though, we’ve seen that it’s tough to live up to the expectations of the supporters and it’s not as if they are in a position to spend freely either in their efforts to freshen up the squad.
It’s a tough dilemma and not one we’d like to make. In any case, it could be a question unanswered with Rangers seemingly pursuing Pedro Caixinha until that avenue is exhausted.