By James Black
Aberdeen are set for a fight with Rangers over manager Derek McInnes and are bracing themselves for an approach from the Glasgow giants, according to a report.
The Evening Express claim that the Dons board aren’t prepared to just let McInnes head to Ibrox and will push for £1.5million compensation to let McInnes leave.
The 46-year-old was given permission to speak with Sunderland over the summer but opted to remain at Pittodrie before agreeing a one-year extension to his Dons contract.
It is understood that the Gers are yet to make a formal approach for McInnes as they look for their 17th permanent manager in 145 years.
McInnes has a solid track record with the Dons, having taken them to three consecutive second-place finishes behind champions Celtic in the Scottish top-flight and led them to their first trophy in 20 years when he lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015.
Aberdeen are on track for their fourth year as the second-best side in Scotland with leaders Celtic only one point ahead.
The Aberdeen manager is the bookies’ favourite to take over from Caixinha but it’s unlikely any move will happen before the international break next week.
Graeme Murty is in temporary charge of the Rangers first-team and guided the Gers to a 3-1 win over Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday – less than 48 hours after taking charge.
Rangers trail the Dons by five points in the Scottish Premiership ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.