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1st Dec, 2017 | 4:28pm

McInnes delivers Rangers warning ahead of return clash with Aberdeen

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists the “sideshow” around the Rangers managerial vacancy wasn’t a distraction for his players – despite a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox on Wednesday.

And he warned Rangers fans that he’d be looking to put the smiles back on the faces of Aberdeen fans this weekend.

McInnes has been the long-standing favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha since even before Caixinha’s sacking in October but the Aberdeen boss believes his side were fully focused on that task at hand rather than where McInnes’ future may lie.

The two sides meet again on Sunday afternoon with interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty expected to be in the dugout for the last time – more than six weeks after being handed temporary control – and many feel McInnes will be the man to come in and take the reins long-term.

McInnes insists that all of the talk surrounding the fixture was done away from the football club but hopes his players can use Sunday’s immediate return to put a smile on fans’ faces.

“It’s been magnified by others,” McInnes said, as quoted by STV.

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“We are professionals and just get on with the job, it’s always about the game.

“Everything else is a sideshow for other people to talk about.

“We’ve had such a poor record at Ibrox but we did expect more of ourselves having won there last time out.

“But we’ve now got an immediate opportunity to put smiles on the supporters faces again.”

McInnes’ side could have opened up a nine-point cushion over the Gers going into Sunday’s game but now face the prospect of being the Gers overtaking them in the Scottish Premiership with a win at Pittodrie.

McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha and – if they are right – the 46-year-old could re-join the club he spent five years at between 1995 and 2000 imminently.

In the latest Rangers news, Murty has had his say on Wednesday’s game against the Dons.

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