Aberdeen have received an apology from SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes after the bookmakers’ attempt at Twitter banter backfired and left the company facing the wrath of Dons fans.
After Rangers defender Danny Wilson opened the scoring in Sunday’s clash between the two sides, Ladbrokes tweeted from their official Twitter account that it was “fantastic news” for the Aberdeen boss – a playful nod to Daily Record reports earlier in the weekend that the Gers would make an approach for McInnes to take over as manager
Despite being clearly tongue-in-cheek, the humourless nature of Scottish football saw fans faux-outraged over the tweet and threatening to boycott Ladbrokes as a result.
The trolling tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted before the betting company issued a public apology.
“We apologise for any offence caused,” Ladbrokes said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The tweet was intended to be a harmless joke, but we understand why it may have caused offence and it has now been deleted.”
McInnes has been the favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox for much of the six weeks following the Portuguese’s sacking on October 26th.
The Gers won Sunday’s game 2-1 through goals from Wilson and Josh Windass to overtake the Dons in second place in the Scottish Premiership.
It was the second time in four days that the Light Blues took three points from McInnes’ side with the Gers also running out comfortable winners at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
Ladbrokes are the title sponsor all four of Scotland’s professional leagues.
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