Aberdee director Dave Cormack has revealed that he received a text message from Derek McInnes admitting that he “loved” the Dons – 48 hours before it was revealed McInnes had snubbed a move to Rangers.

The Gers lined McInnes up to replace Pedro Caixinha after sacking the Portuguese on October 26th but the 46-year-old Dons boss has decided his future lies at Pittodrie.

The Ibrox side approached the Dons on Monday for permission to speak to McInnes but were knocked back by Dons chairman Stewart Milne.

Cormack admitted that the Dons are delighted that McInnes has decided to stay and revealed the text exchange between him and McInnes.

“Derek texted me on Tuesday night at midnight and said he loved Aberdeen, he loved managing the team and he loved what we have created. We were 100 per cent convinced he wanted to stay here and we were always confident that would be the case,” Dons chief Cormack said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“Derek is still with us and he’s with us for all the right reasons. We rejoice and we welcome the game at Dens Park on Friday night. We also welcome Derek’s decision.

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“I’m sure there will be a big increase in the expected crowd at Dens now!

“We have a lot going for us at Aberdeen and we have to focus going forward on us. Friday should be a celebration of business as usual.”

Under-20’s coach Paul Sheerin had taken charge of the Dons’ training on Wednesday and Thursday but McInnes will return to the dugout on Friday night when Aberdeen travel to take on Dundee.

Rangers are due to take on Ross County on Saturday at Ibrox with interim boss Graeme Murty continuing in charge of the first-team.

Since Caixinha’s sacking in October the Gers have won four of their six games under Murty and they have overtaken Aberdeen in second place in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers won back-to-back games over Aberdeen last week to close a six-point gap to the Dons before leapfrogging then on goal difference.

In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January

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