Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie has said that speculation regarding Derek McInnes’s future wasn’t to blame for Aberdeen’s awful performance at Ibrox – and that it was the players’ fault.
Aberdeen slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Rangers amidst constant rumours surrounding the Aberdeen manager, who has been considered the favourite to take over at Ibrox since the departure of Pedro Caixinha in October.
A double from James Tavernier and a goal from Carlos Pena gave Rangers the win in a game that many people beforehand had tipped Aberdeen to win.
The defeat left Rangers only three points behind Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, and left Aberdeen fans upset at such a meek performance.
Shinnie, talking to the Daily Record, has said that the poor performance was all down to the players, and had nothing to do with the manager’s situation.
He said: “It has been going on for weeks. The players have no interest in that.
“We wanted to frustrate them and get the crowd on their back but the opposite happened and the early goal gave them a massive lift.
“We simply weren’t good enough in the opening period. It gave us too much to do, although we did play better in the second half.”
Rangers have the chance to leapfrog Aberdeen into second place in the Scottish Premiership this weekend.
The teams play each other for the second in a week on Sunday afternoon, this time at Pittodrie.
Last year’s results at the stadium saw a last minute James Madison free-kick give Aberdeen a 2-1 win, whilst in the second fixture three Rangers goals in four minutes saw them record a 3-0 victory.
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