By Will Butcher

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has claimed that Rangers will finish second this season, despite their 2-0 loss to Hearts.

The Gers face Aberdeen on Saturday, as both sides look resigned to fighting it out for the runners-up spot, with Celtic almost certain to retain the Scottish Premiership title.

McInnes, 45, claimed that Rangers spending power could play a pivotal role in landing second place behind their Old Firm rivals despite Wednesday night’s loss.

“I still think Rangers, just by the sheer nature of what they can do in January as well, will be favourites to finish second,” McInnes told the Daily Record.

“But we certainly feel second spot is something we can aim for and if we win our games in hand we would go second. Any time you beat teams round and about you it helps because you are inflicting damage on them.”

Warburton’s side were outclassed as Hearts secured all three points on Tynecastle this week, and now sit in third place just one point above the Dons.

Former Brentford boss Warburton is currently enduring huge pressure as fans continue to call for his head, after just seven wins from 15 domestic games.

A loss against McInnes’ side on Saturday would more than certainly increase the weight on his shoulders, as the busy Christmas period looms.

In contrast, highly talented manager McInnes has seen his side win eight of their last 11 outings, and will be looking to make it three domestic wins in a row against the 54-time Scottish champions on Saturday.

McInnes has already seen his side secure three points against the Gers this season, after securing a 2-1 win at Pittodrie in September.

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